welcome to my journey

I have recently reorganised this blog a bit and (as of May 2020) added a new category:

“On the other hand…. (thoughts and opinions).” Under this category I plan to post reflections on current events and circumstances in the world and the society I live in. I may eventually make a separate blog out of this (once I have enough posts).

The category, ‘reading the Bible and thoughts on Faith’ contains essay-ish reflections on how I read the Bible and experience my faith.

The category ’hospital stuff and the disability thing’ is about dealing with medical stuff and having a very rare disability: ehlers danlos syndrome, the kyphoscoliosis form (a.k.a EDS type 6).

and the category ‘regular chitchat’ contains pretty much normal reflections, anecdotes, and updates. Here you can read about my day-to-day life, thoughts, dreams, memories, opinions, observations, good times, bad times, and the occasional piece of creative or abstract writing. I try to keep this category mostly lighthearted and easy-reading.

The other new category, “Past posts,” contains subcategories which will not be updated anymore.

I am keeping the tag-cloud on the right of the page, but do keep in mind that clicking one of these tags may take you back to blog posts written year ago – which do not necessarily reflect my current views on things. (check the date at the top of a post)

The title of this blog, Turtles Travels, refers to my nick name “the turtle.” in college, my friends and I decided to each adopt an animal nickname – from the animals in the stories by Toon Tellegen, which we used to read to each other before dinner. I chose turtle because it suits me: I’m kind of slow (not mentally though), and sometimes hide in my shell.   Also, quite recently, I was inspired by someone (not sure who, unfortunately. It was an interview on the radio, I just happened to turn on the radio toward the end of the interview, when she mentioned this….) who said she felt inspired by baby sea turtles.  They just hatch out of their eggs, make their way over to the big wide ocean and live. She said she felt inspired by that sense of trust those turtles naturally seem to have.  They don’t worry about how they’re going to find what they need, or whether they know enough to get by. They just go for it :) So I like to think of myself as a brave turtle, who embarks on new adventures with that kind of attitude and faith.


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