It was Nadine who gave me the idea, a couple of years ago, to start this collection:
“Woah,” I remember saying when I looked at hers, “you’ve got a lot of magnets on your fridge!” “I know,” she proudly smiled, “I collect them, from every city in the world that I've been”. And ever since, I've thought the idea was inspired!
I've travelled a lot, but I never thought of getting myself magnets as souvenirs. I’d usually pick a desk memento or so, but ever since she told me the magnet story, I've started collecting them as well. What’s more, every time a family member or friend travels and asks me if I’d like something, I’d say yes, a magnet from the country or city!
And so, my collection began to grow… what I especially like about the collection on my fridge is the sense of happiness I get from looking at it, as each magnet reminds me of the country or city I've been to, and all the good memories I've had there. And if I haven’t been there, the magnet would remind me of the person. And so, having a combination of all these magnets is like having a combination of all these memories in one place, that remind me on a daily basis, of all the good places and people I've been blessed to go to and meet in life. And I can only hope that they all keep growing… :-)
"You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you..."