Two weeks ago I started my new job at the Swedish Customs. I will spend the first five months in my office, educating myself about customs, something that is obligatory for everyone who starts working there. The course started this past Monday and I went to Stockholm to meet all the new customs-people for three days.
Meeting new people has never been my forte. I always feel out of place, never interesting enough to actually make friends, rather listening to people to see where I’ll fit in than talking just to hear my own voice. Well, the whole point with this trip to Stockholm was to get to know my class, 27 new people from around Sweden.
After a few “get to know each other” questions and activities, I got the feeling of being … well, unique, really. I felt like a modern hippie, but instead of PEACE and LOVE, I was talking about growing my own food, decluttering, and minimalism. I felt very out of place.
During this past year, blogging and getting to know people in other countries, my main focus has of course been what I am interested in, reading only blogs about exactly that. I was under the impression that most people were thinking about consuming less, that I was part of a green wave of sorts.
I still think that I am somehow a part of all that, but that we’re not that many in Sweden just yet… At least not in Customs.