The one who kept a healthy distance

Matej 1

(from his job)

12:00 . ‘ I try to go jogging every morning before going to work. There is usually enough time for it. Sometimes you have to be able to sometimes distance yourself from things in your life and that includes your job. If you don’t do that from time to time, you cannot see the bigger picture and could make the wrong decisions.
It’s about having a healthy distance from your work. Running is part of me finding this distance: it allows me to disconnect from everything, I just put my earphones on and I switch off. ‘

(from pressure)

‘ I don’t believe in the ‘fashion’ of being constantly under pressure. In fact, I try to avoid the word « busy » as much as I can. For me ‘being under pressure’ is a state of mind, more than a state of the affairs. You allow yourself to feel stress and since you can feel it, inversely you could also feel something else, than stress.’

(and from misconceptions about identity)

‘For me identity is a personal concept, a unique mosaic: – I am Slovene and I love my country, but I also feel the roots of the Balkans, I love the Arabic culture, and I feel European of course. This concept of identity, I love. My problem arises when people use identity as justification to build boundaries and discriminate on basis of nationality, religion, sexual orientation, etc. What would be brave in my opinion would be to face the world naked – without predisposed concepts about identity : to really acknowledge our differences and yet, still see that deep down we are very much the same, with the same fears and insecurities; to actually see that we are all equal in our dreams.’


(Matej is the head of cabinet of the European Commissioner for Transport.)


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