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The mission

Ever since our interview in the Danish newspaper Information (and the interview in Lady Magzine Femina) we have gotten a lot of attention back in the Motherland. I did this half hour radio interview on P1, and another radio interview. A lot of university students and students of journalism wants to visit and do field studies. A lot of desperadoes (and I mean that in a positive way) wants to visit too and experience the forest/do some woofing.

There´s even a truckload of 42 students of culture coming. Just to drink coffee and ask us… about culture.
Danish channel DR2 are doing a reportage in a couple of weeks and a movie documentarian is making… a movie.

And we say yes.
We say yes to most of it.

Partly because that´s how we get our money (gift-economy remember).
I don´t mind being a tourist attraction if that means I don´t have to work the factory just yet. Or ever.

So there´s that.

But we also say yes for a second reason.

I´d like to illustrate that reason by means of the example:

The other day I received an email from a 16-year-old girl. In a language of vivid desperation and analytic reflection she told me about her life. She asked if she could maybe come visit. She would surely help me do the dishes and look after the kids and such- she just really needed to get away for a little while, a couple of days or so, to put things into perspective, to chop some firewood. She was so honest. She was so humble.

We receive a lot of letters like these. There´s so many people that dream of another kind of life, another way of living. They just don´t know where to go or what to do or whom to ask or where to seek information.

Just like WE didn´t know.
Two years ago.

So that´s why.

Sharing is caring.

But there´s yet a third reason. This reason I call “the mission”.
The mission is not something I´ve always had. It´s new to me. I´ve had a hard time understanding it, examining it but lately we have gotten to know each other better. The mission and me.
See, I used to have a lot of ambition and I really hated that. I hated that I had to find and feel love by acquiring money, status and success (and never really succeeding).  As if I had no worth in my self, as if my existence was somewhat not legitimate if I was not successful and had ambition.
Maybe I thought ambition and mission and vision was the same- but it´s not.

So I´ve been thinking a lot about ambition, deconstructing it in my head out here in the forest.

BUT… one does not simply sit down and shut up. One does not simply become one with nature and lose all interest in fellow-man. Actually leaving society made me care even more about it. I began to care even more about the climate. About nature. About the way we behave.

I felt a need to speak up. I felt a need to try and do something.
Part of me still wants to leave and never look back, part of me is still completely disillusioned and pessimistic but sometimes things happens that restore my faith in humanity and in my self. And most of the time these things happen because of outside influences… like my neighbours doing something wonderful, good news in the news or say MY READERS GIVE ME A WRITING GRANT!!!

It is someone elses generosity that keeps me breathing and my spirit high.

Let´s never stop being generous! For gods sake!

Here´s the third reason why we say yes: Because generosity is what will save the world. That´s the mission. Never to forget the power of generosity.

There´s a human interaction, a connection that must never be forgotten.
We are generous creatures.

I give my heart, blood, soul, my story, my thoughts, I share my reality and in return I get the support from my readers. I think this is one of the biggest emotions in the entire human experience.
When what you offer freely and generous is received in the spirit you gave it. When someone listens.
When someone appreciates your effort.
When it MATTERS.

I think we need to matter, us humans. There is an intense feeling of fulfillment in this.  Shit man. It´s importance, it´s beauty. When we MATTER to each other – when it´s not about popularity or success or acknowledgement  or even money when it´s not ambition or ego (yes I am a still a narcissistic self-absorbed exhibitionist, don´t worry, I won´t forget) – but about real actual human beings.
That matter.
To each other.
So my readers raised 50.000 kroner which will allow me to sit down for half a year, writing, not needing to worry about the money for a litle while.

That´s just completely, totally, insanely, intensely, weird and strange and AH! It´s amazing!

I´m the mother. I get to tell the story. I´m the storyteller.

And I have a mission.

Through personal stories about actual people I will communicate nature, I will communicate choice, I will communicate responsibility, climate and the broader world, the parallel world, I will communicate that.
I will communicate generosity.

I feel insanely privileged. To live here in a home made log cabin by the lake, not owning anything, not even the car we drive in, no pension, no insurance, no electricity or running water but damn it I feel rich!
It´s a feeling that can´t be bought for money.

Thank you so much! Thank you for listening, thank you for reading, thank you for giving me a writing grant, thank you for allowing me to matter!

Here´s a picture of the sun. And a poem.

symetric world

” As we live

we are transmitters of life

We transmit life

and when we fail to transmit life

life fails to flow through us”

(D.H. Lawrence)

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7 comments on “The mission

  1. Alaverdi says:

    Great radio interview. Thanks. Makes me think that you should be a politician. Not sure how to do that from the woods though. Or maybe this is from where it should be done. Because it makes your beliefs credible and authentic – you walk the talk.

    I think the journalist asked you what you contribute with to society. While I agree that the whole concept of right vs duties, or contribution vs benefits is flawed and so there is no obligation to contribute, then I do think that you contribute hugely: To me you are a great source of inspiration. Your ideas and your insights inspire me Big Time even though I could/would not choose your life style. Isn’t this crucial in any society? To have cutting edge people inspiring others? This is how societies are enriched (in the non-material way).

    Also – made me think of the saying (I know it in Danish only): “Mennesker foragter de horisonter, de ikke selv kan se”. (Loosely translated into “People deny/ignore those horizons which are not visible to them”). I often think of that when others are provocked by our life style because it is not the mainstream life style. And we are by no means as far off the beaten track as you are 😉


    1. andreahejlskov says:

      Thank you so much for these words of encourgament. They mean the world to me!


  2. Søren Johannesen says:

    What a great mission!! – it is working already 🙂 …. TANK YOU!!
    My own mission is to speak the truth as I see it – and treat myself and the rest of “all of this” with love ….

    Have you ever really thought about, I mean really sat down an consciously thought about, how absolutely out of this world (sorry for the obvious absurdity) amazing this planet and everything on it is!!!

    Everything on this planet adapts like there was no tomorrow!! Changes shape, size, color … even our genes are being programmed right now from the inputs from the outside ……

    Imagine you landed here 500.000 years ago, grown up an capable all alone but not afraid – wouldn’t it be the most freakishly far out wonderful experience to get …… going exploring the beautiful home of ours. (ad a girl after a couple of weeks 😉

    I still can’t get past the fact the we and everything else on this planet was created from the “dust” of a dying star!!


  3. Søren Johannesen says:

    Just felt like sharing this beautiful and simple story:
    “A group of Cherokee children has gathered around their grandfather. They are filled with excitement and curiousity. That day there had been a quite tumultuous conflict between two adults and their grandfather was called to mediate. The children are eager to hear what he has to say about it.

    One of the children pops the question that puzzles him. “Grandfather, why do people fight?”. “Well” the old man replies “we all have two wolves inside us, you see. They are in our chest. And these wolves are constantly fighting each other”. The eyes of the children have grown big by now. “In our chests too, grandfather?” asks another child. “And in your chest too?” asks a third one. He nods, “yes, in my chest too”. He surely has their attention now. Grandfather continues. “There is a white wolf and a black wolf. The black wolf is filled with fear, anger, envy, jealousy, greed, and arrogance. The white wolf is filled with peace, love, hope, courage, humility, compassion, and faith. They battle constantly”. Then he stops. It’s the child that asked the initial question that can’t handle the tension anymore. “But grandfather, which wolf wins?”. The old Cherokee simply replies, “the one that we feed”.


    1. andreahejlskov says:

      It´s a beuatyful story. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Ole Bole says:

    Klarsynet-crocs-sne-wake-up-call-radiointerview 🙂
    Andrea, du er en meget værdig ambassadør for menneskedyret !


    1. andreahejlskov says:



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