Courage and self-development
“When my friend said she was moving to Greenland to work and asked ‘Aren’t you coming up to visit me?’ I thought, ‘Yes, yes, I will, and yet I thought, ‘Am I really going to do that?’ My original thought was that it would be so cold. So when I went, I was surprised myself, but something had to happen.”
And we can safely say that Chanett has not regretted her decision:
“When I came to Greenland, I got something else. Something better. I think I have fallen a little in love with Greenland if you can put it that way. The country has a very special place in my heart. I went up there with a very, very broken heart, and I had lost my father, but Greenland gave me something extra special instead.”
“It is the first time that I traveled alone. This is actually the first time I have gotten on a plane on my own, and I am quite scared of flying, so it was huge for me to travel to Nuuk in the summer of 2019. It has taught me that I am much braver than I thought. My friends have also told me this; they think I have become more independent because I have been quite reluctant to do things in the past and have not dared many things. I have a completely different image of myself now. I dare to travel on my own, and I’ve done it several times now. And I could very well continue with that. Greenland just calls out to me.”
“People always say that they also want to experience Greenland, but those I know never do. It amazes me that you don’t just do it because it is a trip you will never regret. It is a memory that will live forever. It’s not because I’m a very well-traveled person, but no matter where I travel, Greenland has proven to be unique.”
“You can write that it has been a personal journey because that is just what it has been. After all, it is a place that has given me a new perspective on life. My home here in Denmark is filled with prints of Greenland to remind me of the good times I had up there. Nature had a healing effect on me. I got a different view of life and am not afraid to give in to the grief because it has become a part of me and has helped form the person I have become. I have become less afraid of letting people into my grief and staying in it instead of “hiding it away.” I am not reluctant to speak to others about the difficult things in life, like death or missing my father. Some things have changed in my life. I was very unhappy, and Greenland helped me to look up. So I’m honored that you want to tell my story,” Chanett concludes.
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