Meet Agnes, age 23, dancer, social worker, tai chi instructor
When I was in high school, I wanted to become a nun. My priest kept telling me I was not committed enough and couldn’t make it with my rebel nature. But I insisted and if I hadn’t fallen in love my senior year, probably the rest of my life I would have spent behind the walls of a monastery.
After high school my parents told me to choose a major guaranteeing a bright future. Of course that wasn’t possible for me. I simply couldn’t be a good lawyer, responsible doctor or somebody like this. Even if I wanted with all my heart to fulfill the dreams of my family, I couldn’t deny my true self. That’s why I decided to commit to dancing. I never regret my decision.
I’ve been meditating in every possible form and shape for years. I get inspiration from everywhere and everything. From people, nature, sounds, music and conversations.
My sensible family and friends have always told me I couldn’t make a living meditating and dancing. They were wrong. But they were literally laughing in my face when I said I was going to commit to social work. It’s not my primary job, but I indeed commit a couple of hours a week helping homeless, drug addicts and alcoholics. My goal is to show them the bright side of life and support them to get back on their feet. Of course it’s not always possible to help those who don’t want to get help but many times I have succeeded with people the least likely to succeed.
I know I’m different and I feel good about it. The same way I usually choose different tastes and flavours. My absolutely favourite tea is Hipstea. It perfectly matches my mood in the morning. But before meditation I choose Yasmeen Green. Mainly because its delicate flavour of green tea and jasmine makes the sensation of oriental gardens.
I also appreciate the health benefits of rooibos. My number one is Transparentea with its great combination of citrus fresh tastes. Mother Theresa smiling at me from the packaging always reminds me never to forget my youthful ideals.
I usually don’t need to drink coffee. I live a stable, well organized life and don’t need any additional stimulators. That’s why I drink coffee only in the afternoon. The only one I really like is Paris Coffee with its delicate French liqueur flavour.