A life with type 1 diabetes is a full-time job. For Beate Kerber, however, her diabetes equipment is just as much a part of her travels as enough fresh underpants. Why a good wine belongs in her luggage as well, which journey she would like to go on and why a street sweeper is her role model, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
Name: Beate Kerber Age: 27 City: Leck / Germany Occupation: Special school teacher in training Impairment: I live with type 1 diabetes and have been working with people with disabilities in various areas for years.
Beate Kerber: Besides Heinz Ehrhardt (German comedian, musician, composer, entertainer, cabaret artist, actor and poet; editor's note) I laugh about some series and political satires. Just as funny situations in everday life.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Beate Kerber: Start the Way of St James here in Germany and finish it in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Also I wanna do the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). I already started the Way of St James, unfortunately I had to interrupt it because of health problems. But I will try that again! For the PCT I am lacking money at the moment. So it would take a few more years.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Beate Kerber: On "Celebrities" it is Beppo, the street sweeper from Michael Ende's "Momo". He takes time for his task to sweep the street. The next breath, the next broom stroke. Without stress and hectic.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Beate Kerber: To ensure that people as experts can have a say in discussions for themselves and their group. In the long run, I would try to implement inclusion more and more.
Explore the world, preferably on foot – Beate Kerber still has a few hiking trails that she would like to work through from start to finish. Always in the luggage: lots of diabetes accessories.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Beate Kerber: Inclusion, being active outdoors, good food and – as a good palatinate woman – good wine.
I would like to be...
Beate Kerber: ...a fit 90-year-old grandma with a rollator and sneakers, sitting on a wooden bench with a spritzer of wine and enjoying life.
Which question would you like answered the most?
Beate Kerber: Why are so often only "experts" invited for something of which they are not self affected?
Why do people have to drown at sea?
Why is there no motivated, inclusive new start for our school system?
What I finally want to say...
Beate Kerber: Don't let it get you down. "Be cheeky and wild and wonderful." – Astrid Lindgren