Start again and again
I met the 32 year old in San Francisco five months ago. Even then, we were discussing different life models intensively. The following enamel contact convinces me:
Kris is someone who always has to start from scratch and still has lost his ideals. His portrait is a good conclusion of my world travel interviews.
Friends and family are more important than the job
Kris writes, "You'll never hear anyone say, 'I wish I'd spent more time in the office.' They always say, 'I wish I had spent more time with my sweetheart.' "
With the latter, Kris does not wait until the end of his life - the hard school of his youth, hitherto the most painful time of his life, has taught him how important family cohesion and deep relationships with fellow human beings are.
Get along with little
From his parents he learned to survive with the least. As the eldest of five siblings, he moved with the young family under poor conditions through the USA. When he was eight, the large family settled down in Idaho and moved into a small two-bedroom caravan.
After six years they had enough: The adventurous father sold the trailer, bought land and built a house on his own. The money was only enough for the shell, after a year they had electricity, after three years of piping.
Realizing the truth, helping people
While Kris distanced himself from his parents in his youth and became a problem child, so that he even had to leave school and take private lessons, as a young adult he followed his father's example and built his own house.
The physically strenuous work on the building, he balanced out with a theological studies. A friend had lured him into the church with "hot chicks". The women came and went, but the desire to know the truth and help people remained.
Promote young people instead of punishing them
One day, his house was broken into and Kris found out that the thieves had been metamphetamine dependent adolescents. The police told him that there was little to do, but he decided to take the matter into his own hands.
He founded the nonprofit organization "Operation Kill Boredom" (OKB, which he led for three years.) Kris believes that youth crime and drug abuse are due to a lack of entertainment and funding opportunities.
That's how he helps teenagers
The young people have too much time and too little money and no means of transport (in the US, the car is usually the only available) to fill this meaningful and productive.
OKB organizes, for example, free concerts, film productions in which the young people can cast, write and direct screenplays, costume cartoons and the main event, this year at the 28. August: the OKB Festival (http://okbfest.com/). From 10 to 22 watch, bands play, motorcycle crews have stunning stunts and the youngsters can participate in skate, video game and basketball competitions.
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