Stress: changing my fear into love

It’s autumn holiday in The Hague. We are very much enjoying the free time. I love to sleep in, eat when I feel like it and as a family we are reorganizing the house. Our project is to move into the biggest bedroom. This one was split in half with a wall in between when I was pregnant with our youngest. Now almost 21 months.

The sole purpose of this wall was to provide our children with their own space. Turns out our youngest had his own plan. He turned our plan upside down by sharing continuously that he didn’t want to sleep by himself. Because of his resistance we got into the benefits of co-sleeping again.

The big house change engineered new streams of positive energy through all rooms. Our daughter moved back to her original room and is very happy with more space and her privacy. We got ourselves a new (secondhand) closet and mattresses. We sleep on cheap light wooden beds and quite expensive mattresses filled with all kinds of natural material.

This morning we woke up to a new closet looking into the contents of it, because the doors are still waiting to be put in their place. We made it to Ikea for extra shelves and storage. Unfortunately the decision to accompany my partner caused a bit of stress. The hick-up was the time-frame. We should have left earlier for Ikea so that my daughter and I would have more time to arrive at our theatre performance.

Now I was emotionally challenged to change my fear into love. The fear of running late and missing the performance into love; telling our friends that we would be later and calling the theatre to ask if they would let us in. They would if we wouldn’t be more than fifteen minutes late. This meant we would be at least on time to see the whole lot of the performance. This helped me to get back into a loving state of mind. Luckily we were in our seats five minutes after the performance had started.

All together I felt stressed for only a few minutes. I’m happy everything turned out fine. But for a next time: I will listen and act upon my initial feeling of staying home with my daughter to have lunch. Afterwards we would cycle to the theatre and be there at least fifteen minutes aheads of time, because to me that is part of going to the theatre: taking time to enjoy my quality time with my daughter and absorb creative storytelling.


Theater: A way of man in the Regentenkamer The Hague

Co-director: Michael Driebeek van der Ven

Co-director: Michael Driebeek van der Ven


“A way of man”

by NOORDVOLK company, The Hague, The Netherlands

A way of man 16+
“A way of man” is a storytelling performance done by NOORDVOLK member Caja van der Poel. NOORDVOLK is a The Hague based theater company. The pivital point to their productions is to show the everyday beauty of the imperfection of mankind.

December 2008 Caja van der Poel graduated from The School of Storytelling UK. It was there that she first developed the desire to do something with “the most beautiful story in the world” and now, a year later, it is happening! Caja theatrically tells the tale of A way of man (De Kleine Johannes) by Frederik van Eeden. Her wish come true is made extra special because 2010 is the 150th birth-year of this famous Dutch writer.

The tale is a highlight in Dutch literature; It is called the Dutch ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and has been immensely popular since 1887. It tells the tale of Jonathan, a boy on his quest to manhood, and his long journey filled with wonder, love, loneliness and danger. On his journey Jonathan is motivated by his will to discover the one absolute truth. Every character he meets claims to know this truth, they even have books about it; but Jonathan finally comes to the conclusion that there is no such thing as one ‘absolute truth’; all we can hold on to is ‘honesty’. The story is suitable for adults from the age of 16.

June 12th 14h00 De Regentenkamer /Tickets:
June 19th 14h00 De Regentenkamer /Tickets:

Storyteller: Caja van der Poel
Co-director: Michael Driebeek van der Ven
Dramatic advise: Annemieke Wauters
Costume design: Asalia Khadjé
Photography: Rogier Chang