DAVID

What is your biggest fear?
Since I started to believe in God I have no fears anymore. He’s always there and is protecting you from all the bad in life. There’s one saying in Jesaja 41:10:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

What do you think would make the world a better place?
The nature has to be protected. We as humans are part of nature ourselves. In the forests we find freedom and enjoy the silence. Especially when our every day lives are becoming louder and faster. Our brain is no used to this, it needs the freedom of the clear blue night sky.

What are you proud of?
I’m very proud of my family, they are also my best friends, they will never let me down. I want to tell you a story. I have a disability. On both ears I have to wear hearing aids. Back when I was younger there weren’t so many specialists. My parents were worried because I didn’t react to them calling me, and I spoke very rarely. Some day they took me to the hospital and the doctors diagnosed that I was deaf. My mother asked the doctors if I could ever learn to speak, but the doctors said that they could only teach me sign language. My mother didn’t want to believe that and she started to teach me how to speak and hear everyday for hours.
Some years later my mother said to me that I should visit the doctor who told her that I would be never able to speak. So we went to the hospital again, he was amazed and asked my mother how we managed this. She said that if you give everything for your kid and the people you love, everything is possible. Without her and my family I would have never been able to live the life I do. I am grateful for this and I would always do the same for my progeny.

What are you impressed by?
One of my passions is botany.
Mushrooms and trees are connected beneath the ground. Mushrooms can be compared to the human body, both can’t produce vitamins or carbohydrates themselves. But trees do through photosynthesis. That’s how they supply the mushrooms with vitamins and carbohydrates through their roots. The mushrooms in return, filter out the heavy metals and have a warning system to protect trees from pests. Nature has what seems like a much stronger connection then we humans have, they stick together.

Photos: Joy Dana