Yes, who is Bonki really?
I think we all need a friend like Bonki and I also think we all have a little Bonki in us.
So I want to start my description.
Bonki shows the contradictions we all carry within us. With her way of being, she tells us that we can be so much at the same time, we don't have to decide!
"I think we all need a friend like Bonki and I also think we all have a little Bonki in us"
Bonki is a character in our fairy tale. The story was told by big sister to little sister, to explain this with emotions. It accompanied her little sister during growing up and stopped with her when she became an adult. A drawing in the bag had to symbolize that it is okay to be big and strong while being small and weak - seemingly contradictory feelings are in us at the same time.
The drawing went around the world when little sister worked and gave her the strength she needed in meetings with people and herself!
The story lives on today and forms the basis of everything we do - with the hope that all children will learn to put words into what feels.
So Bonki wants - and we, change the world.
I asked little sister Filippa, one of our founders who Bonki is for her:
Bonki is the girl who taught me that one should not identify as just one type of person. That you are not scared or brave, strong or weak, smart or stupid, different or normal. Bonki showed that one can be able to be brave even though the stomach screams with fear. Finally, being considered strong does not mean that you do not carry countless weaknesses. It also does not mean that you overcome your weaknesses, but instead they do not define you, they are not the whole you, and do not exclude that you carry so much more. There is a lot of space in all of us for "heroic acts" despite our fears (and other feelings) that feel so overwhelming.
I lived in the belief that if I feel coward, I am a coward. You can't possibly be a coward and then accomplish something big. But Bonki carries tremendous sadness, great fear and even greater loneliness. She feels small and invisible. But when she is faced with a situation that is different from the one she has so far confronted with, new pages of Bonki are emerging. For every obstacle on the road, she is as scared as she was from the beginning. She does not necessarily get stronger or braver, but she learns to affirm other sides of herself and accepts the fear she carries. She is not a hero, she is a very ordinary girl who, with the help of her friends, decides to try. Just try.
Most important of all in history is that Bonki finds her strength/security without family, in a foreign world with completely foreign characters, completely different her. She becomes a "hero" solely through the help she gets from the unlikely friendships she builds on the road.
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