12:12 . – This was a present from my team; they are the sweetest ! On the side of the shoe is written my favorite quote from the Little Prince ‘On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur’
(The quote ‘It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye’ is taken from the book ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry). Martina explained to me that she loved this quote, because it embodies the importance of genuine relationships and friendships in life, the importance of seeing the world with one’s heart. I asked her if she managed to apply such values whilst working in the fierce environment of politics. To which she replied that it is exactly because it is a harsh environment, and a harsh world in general, that we should try to build real bonds with others, and see things with our heart as well. This made me smile, because the Little Prince is also my sister’s favourite book, and that is her favourite quote, and she constantly tries to convey this exact narrative to me, which I listen to carefully – half of the time.)
12:30 .This book reminds me of my personal story. Since I was a teenager, my motto is to rely on my own motivation. I truly believe that you can achieve anything in life if you really want to, even in your career goals. That is why I started the Why not project. Look : we made this catalogue for the project and you can see some of the candidates! Everyone should be able to succeed in life, at any age. I was eighteen when I moved to Italy, alone, as a young Czech woman in a different country – when the Czech Republic was not even part of the EU yet! And it was motivation that pushed me forward.
(Martina is a Czech member of the European Parliament, working mostly on youth. She also founded the WhyNot project (PročByNe? in Czech), offering traineeships to young people across Europe.)