The story behind the blog

In October 2013, I first looked into the white, blinded eyes of a Sun Bear that had been abused at the hands of man. The bear was cringing in a tiny cage, suffering from a skin disease and very, very afraid. I began to feel how I would feel if I was trapped behind bars.

My own life has not been easy. I did not know how to express myself or set limits. I felt needy, and hungered to feel acceptance, love and to simply be seen and heard. I told myself that if I strived for perfection, did the work that others told me was ‘realistic’ and put the needs of other people before my own, I would be loved. So, I lived someone else’s life instead of my own, and it ended in my suffering a mental breakdown.

I did what others told me was necessary in order to realize my own dreams. But because I wasn’t following my own heart, a little piece of me died every day. I became more and more unhappy, had a hard time smiling or having fun, and became stuck in my role as a victim. In the end, I lost my sense of purpose and direction to realize my goal as a champion for the rights of wildlife and helping them regain their natural lives.

Finally, in 2018, I began to learn to love myself, including my mistakes and my ‘failures’. I looked my fears in the eye and stopped striving for absolute perfection and the idea that everything had to be ‘just right’ before I – and my cause – could be taken seriously. I have met a lot of people that advised me to focus on the animals and not let personal relationships and old baggage interfere with may passion for animal rights.

I worked so hard to realize my dreams that I ignored very real challenges in my personal life. The result was a mental breakdown. Everyone has a past. How can we save anyone else – or the wild animals, when we ourselves need rescuing? I now believe that it is not possible to help anyone or anything until we face our own hidden demons.

I created this blog to share the footsteps I have taken in the past and those I am taking even as you read these words. I believe that they are intertwined, and hope that my reflection will encourage you to look inside your own heart and fight for your own dreams. I am fighting for my rights as a human being, and those of every wild animal.

The animals are my heart’s greatest teachers.

I hope you will follow my journey here.

And I hope to see you out there someday, living your dream. 😊

© Copyright - This is the blog of Tanja Andersen, the founder of Serve Global Wildlife. It is her personal blog, and she is responsible for and the sole owner of its contents. The contact information is connected to her private email at Serve Global Wildlife.