You can not do that anyway!

 

"GIRL, I GIVE YOU 6 YEARS?

Katja Just, 43, moved to solitude at age 25

My parents had a farmhouse on the North Sea, where I was happy as a child. At age 25, my boyfriend and I decided to move to the Hallig, imagining our future kids crawling on the mud. I quit job and apartment? then my friend jumped off. I came anyway. An old Hooger said then: "I give you six years! As a young woman you can not live alone on the Hallig !? That was 18 years ago. I like the salty smell of the wind, the width of the Wadden Sea. Loneliness can hurt, but it usually causes deep satisfaction in me. I do not miss anything out there in the world. In an emergency, I have my vacation guests with whom I can chat. And cuddly, my cow. I even wrote a book about my life (? Barefoot on the Summer Dike ?, Eden Books).



 

? YOU CAN NEVER RUN MORE?

Benjamin Baltruschat, 36, is wheelchair user and wants to be on his own again

After my accident, the doctors told me I would never be able to walk again. I immediately contradicted. The muscles below the chest I can not move, cold or touch but I feel. For the health insurance, I was soon considered as ausherapiert. My big hope: an aggressive physiotherapy. For months, you can train up to eight hours a day. Did I collect the money through crowdfunding? 54,000 euros. After the first week, I suddenly could swing my leg forward by itself. After three weeks there was a day when I could walk several steps with the rollator. The neurologist has confirmed the effectiveness. Now I hope that my health insurance will give in. Then maybe I can go back in a few years.



 

? I AM PROUD OF WHAT I HAD DONE?

Gaby Flügel, 46, is deaf and asserts herself at work

I was in the midst of training as a healer, when my marriage broke up with a listener. All of a sudden I was a single parent so I had to be financially on my own. I was the only Deaf during the training, in the classroom I was assisted nonstop by two sign language interpreters. Many people thought at the time that everything was not possible for me. Alone the study material is not too bad for a deaf person. I'm proud to be able to provide my family with my work today. I am also an example of successful inclusion.

Because of that, a deaf person does not get it!

 

MY FRIENDS FEAR FOR MY LIFE?

Sabine Schnau, 52, shows fist the fate



My sons suffer from a rare genetic defect (NCL), which leads to death before the age of 28. My marriage broke up at this burden. My body was looking for an outlet, I just wanted to puke my fainting? and got bulimia. There were people who were worried about my life. During an intensive cure I decided: I want to live on. I've used all my resources to get the best possible support for my boys. So I became an expert in achieving things that seem impossible. In 2012, with this knowledge, I founded an employment agency for people with disabilities (pav-schnau.de). My big son died in 2014, but the job was always better. The success of my clients is the incentive for me to keep going. It's like a sign from above that tells me: And now you come!

 

? YOU'RE TOO BLOOD FOR THE ABITURE?

Peter Collatz, 25, is soon studying medicine

I was at an elite boarding school in northern Germany. At the parents' talk after tithing my class teacher advised me to leave high school, I would incite classmates to nonsense, and for high school my opportunities would not be enough anyway. I was hurt and pretty contrite. I then trained in the hotel business, went out into the world and worked in China, Italy and the USA. In the distance, I often had to think about my father. He is a doctor and I admire him for his lifetime achievement. One morning I woke up and thought: I want that too! I came back to Germany, enrolled at the Private Academy Hamburg and am currently doing my high school diploma. It looks like a pretty good one. After that I want to study medicine. Oh, and I hope my former class teacher reads this at BARBARA.

 

"I can not do anything else?

Denis Fischer, 39, has always stuck to his art

After school I got a small role in the theater, since then I play, sing and write songs (denis-fischer.de). Nothing to get on the charts or on TV. Sometimes only ten people sit in the audience or just a hundred. The luxury of doing only things that I stand behind was often renounced at first: I never had a car, but a shared flat. I still have no doubt. Others already. For marriages and house building, I was rather out of the question: too little coal, too uncertain.Ex-girlfriends said: "If that's so important to you, do something sensible to finance it." But I've always believed that it's right to keep going. And today my little family can live well on my art. I am glad that I always believed in myself.

 

WITH 40+, DO YOU NEVER WARP A JOB?

Meike Bogdan, 44, found a job after a long search

I am a trained educator and became unemployed in 1997. I attended further education and took one-euro jobs to find a job. How many applications I have written exactly, I do not know. But the number is in the three-digit range. I got so many cancellations that at some point I hardly had any self-confidence. In the counseling centers it said: With more than 40 that will be nothing more. Last year I learned that the city cleaning staff is looking for. I would have worked outside in overalls as well. But then, in the job interview, I mustered up my courage and said that I would rather work in the administration. Since November I am employed there as a clerk. The responsibility, the exchange with colleagues, the regular salary? that makes me happy.

To belong is a great feeling.

Peter Brown - Can't Be Love - Do It To Me Anyway (Drive/T.K. Disco Records 1980) (October 2020).