It is a sunny Monday. We are in the year 2008. Ronnie lands with the aeroplane in Brüssel. Empty, without any thought he leaves the airport and drives home with his sister to the house where he was born. They eat together lunch, he takes a shower and lays down in his bed.
He is 55 years old. He saw all the five continents, was two times millionaire and he lost everything. The pictures of his life running through his head. The life of a lion.
The story begins 1951 in Meeuwen, Belgium. Ronnie is born as a child of a furniture maker and a housewife.
“I had a happy childhood without any worries.
I did what kids are doing. Swimming in the river …
…going to carneval …
… and playing cards with my friends”, Ronnie told us.
But his youth was marked by his mother.
“People say you should love your parents. But I had a lot of fights until I finally freed myself.”
His mother is overprotective and forbids him the contact to Annemie, the first love in his life.
Ronnie dreams to be a pilot, but he follows the wish of his parents and starts to study medicine in Leuven. These were the 60’s in Belgium.
Then his girlfriend Ann gets pregnant. They marry and Ronnie stops his studies.
“That I did not became a doctor is actually one of the best things that happened in my life. They are so much caught in the system.”
Ronnie works for two years in the company of his friend Stinnes, who has plenty construction markets in Europe. In the meantime his second kid is born.
“If I would have stay with Stinnes, I would have been safe. But I wanted to build up something by myself.”
Ronnie buys an old hotel and starts to renovate it. Luck is on his side, soon his property is worth more than a million.
“Like in Monopoly. I was thinking it is a good idea. First you get a house, then a hotel.”
But life turns out different then in Monopoly. Beside the hotel Ronnie also builds up an illegal destillery. When police catch him, he has over 2000 liters of alcohol. In the end the goverment takes his hotel and his houses.
Ronny decides to leave his home country and go to Australia. A new chapter in his life begins. He lives in the wild, makes one more time millions of dollars, smuggles drugs from Brasil and learns that nothing in life is forever…
(to be continued)
With this post we started a new project on Blueberry Beach. It is called “The last heroes, forgotten gods and lost souls”. It is a collection of biographies of souls we met on our journey. You can find it in the category “Art”.
Ronnie was brave enough to start this wave. Thank you very much.
Have a beautiful sunday
Hugs and kisses
Joshua and Zoé