The Recycled Pirate

Rebel by Cause | Warrior by Choice


The Recycled Pirate

Andrew “Andy” Kirchner was born on the Caribbean island of Curaçao but spent years living in The Netherlands before returning home. Apart from being a Social Worker, Andy fed his adventurous spirit by working as a Salsa Teacher, a Poet, a Balloon Entertainer, and as a Tourist Guide and Dive Instructor. After a drastic, life-changing event in 2012, Andy had to learn how to live again. He needed to face many ugly truths and use past experiences to rebuild his life to become The Recycled Pirate. Today, Andy is an often-asked public speaker, a holistic lifestyle and personal development coach and a self-proclaimed yogi. He teaches Mindfulness methods by a non-conformist as a Pirate who recycled his own life. Find Andy on Instagram or Twitter or watch his TEDx Aruba Talk From Wheelchair to Social Entrepreneur here

How I met Alton

While rehabilitating from my Spinal Cord Injury my attention was drawn by this kid in a wheelchair that was starting a foundation with his own name to make change happen for people with a disability, Spinal Cord Injury specifically. A nurse had mentioned him to lift my spirit. "You're not the only one fighting." She said. And it sparked a bit of hope in a room where hope seemed to be difficult to find.

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Curaçao; There where I was Born

Curaçao. There where I was born. There where the ground is too hard to grow your roots, but once you do they can never be unrooted. There where there is always plenty of food. Where a neighborhood raises a child,... Continue Reading →

I want to…; A wishlist.

I want them to learn what happiness is, how to accept it and that they will never need someone's affirmation to dare to say:

I want...

Driver’s License, 3 Year Anniversary

I hadn't driven a car in three years since my Scuba dive accident in 2012. In 2015 I was walking again with a cane and believed it was time to drive again. I was saving my money that I was... Continue Reading →

I have come from a long journey

I'm a Pirate at 41 and never have I had so many questions, never have I ever wondered, wandered and discovered as much as I do now. In a weird confident way I am doing very well answering questions that haunted me for life.

Where did all this work come from?

I see a world where we are. supposedly, connected, but people are just overwhelmed with questions. The past is gone but left the scars behind for them to carry.

I wish we could love

“I see you.
You are beautiful. To me. For me.
You are everything that should be seen
by this world full of make believe.
You are real. You are loved. You are safe.”

Me too; A confession

I wish I could say I didn’t know better. I wish I had an excuse but all I could say would never take away my mistakes. However, I’m not going to stop there. I have a plan and I’ve been committing to it. I’m going to confess, I’m going to grow and I’m going to educate myself and all men and women, I can see or touch, around me.

Who, What, Why is that The “Recycled” Pirate

I took the little bit of life that was left of me and I went to change it. I had to see everything with open eyes, open mind and a forgiving heart.

I set on a new path of RECYCLING (my) LIFE!

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