Eline Vermeersch, MGM
In total I’ve lived in six countries I think? It really opens your mindset and forms you as a person to be more open to things, be more independent. There are values, like everyone is searching for love and happiness, but within each culture people have their own ways. I think it’s sad – all the racism – because people don’t understand the differences. We are all human and have some things we can relate to.
What is home?
Home for me is still Belgium, where my family and closest friends are. I think you take a bit of home from wherever you are. I could start a home anywhere…
I always like being back in Belgium, because you always value things more when you’ve been away for a long time. But that doesn’t mean I want to be rooted here. It doesn’t matter so much where I am. I have friends here who I may leave behind, but of course, they can visit me or whatever. I don’t cry at goodbyes, I’ve been through a lot of them. It’s always sad, but you are prepared because the end of one stage is the beginning of another. It’s not like the person died. It makes me less emotional and I don’t become as attached to things. Goodbyes don’t come easily, but it’s just a part of the process. If you want to accomplish something, you have to do it for yourself and you have to make new friends and not rely on people to do things for you.
I think it is a process rather than one point that changes everything. Some things only change afterwards when you start reflecting on them. I think every person has to cope with change in their own ways. For some people it’s just not easy to come out of your comfort zone, but for me it’s just being spontaneous.
Interviewed by Christelle Conti, Julia Ivanishcheva, Sophia Sellars and Smitha Shastry