Sanna Hagman

Stockholm, Sweden

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I saw the Holstee Manifesto Poster in a Swedish magazine called Books & Dreams (I love the name and the content in it!) and I immediately checked it out.

My dad committed suicide when I was 25 and while taking care of my grandparents (my father was their only child and they were in their 80-ies), grieving, complaining about the world being unfair and anyone that seemed to be happy – I realized I was becoming someone I wouldn’t like to have as a friend. I asked myself if my dad would have wanted me to be miserable? Of course he didn’t! So, I literally woke up one day and decided to be happy. Life is too short not to have fun and enjoy every bit of it. It really is as simple as that.

By the time I had framed the Holstee Manifesto poster, my husband put the family in such a position that I considered divorce but decided we deserved another chance and… the Manifesto. He almost started to cry. And now we take it day by day. The Manifesto is placed in the very heart of the house, in entrance hall between the kitchen and the living room in our typically red wooden house with white corners in a Stockholm suburb (Sweden).