Thinking of ideas of the next post, I decided to simply give my readers a chance to catch up with my life and get an overview on what’s happened in my life in February. I wrote a list, and already the list itself made me feel a bit scared… :)
It has been a very, very intense month. I probably would not call it successful, but what a success ultimately is? I would guess that a success is finishing something and switching on to a something new. For me, February was a month of beginnings. Some of these beginnings failed, and others, the good ones, are in such early stages that it is still too soon to call them successes.
Also, most of the activities I am involved in are fun, and bring me lots of joy. However, with their amount and intensity, all of them combined are quite challenging and at times even exhausting as well.
In an attempt to bring some order to this written expression of my chaotic life, I will divide the updates into several areas, and this post will focus on creativity. However, as you will see, many of the things don’t really fit in a single box of those, they cover multiple and everything. Such is me, and such is my life: I am doing my best to get to express my true self, with the multitude of my talents and passions, and with their unique combination and depth I will never be a perfect fit to some predefined box. There will always be an extra leg or too big head that will stick out of the proverbial box ;)
Since our January meetup of Live Your Legend LOCAL Hamburg, the creativity has been flowing. Overflowing. I have been writing the best posts ever on the LikzLife in the time spans so short I never imagined possible before. I have been engaging with things that I never thought I would, and many of them appeared to be much more enjoyable and fun than I could expect. And the Universe was responding back, staying in the positive feedback cycle and giving me more and more opportunities for fun and joy.
Actually, I would like to give even more credit where the credit is due. I specifically mention LYL LOCAL Hamburg, because the connections to these people make magic to my life.
Natacha joined me in an accountability partnership with weekly email check-ins, and even simply writing down my actions, their results, my feelings about them, and my plans for the next week – and sharing them with a caring person – helps a lot. But it goes beyond that, as feedback and advices she gives me are incredible! And I am glad to contribute to her aspirations as well – as much as I can.
Nadja is simply one of the people who I LOVE deeper than I can imagine. Just her values, beliefs and ways of going after things are eye-opening, inspiring and exciting. Plus, she also gave me a few of totally mind-blowing suggestions. And at our LYL LOCAL event, she gave me her book Das Fliegt Raus as a gift (the title is German, the literal translation would be “this flies away”, with the idea of “kick this out (of your head and life)”). And this book is simply a treasure in disguise. The book looks like a small brochure or a tiny children book from the outside, but it took me full two (if not three) hours to “read” it, to perform the exercises it has inside. And in the end, I felt absolutely FREE!!!
But I’ve got sidetracked, haven’t I? :)
In addition to my writing here on LikzLife, there have been a lot of music, a lot of photography, and even bits of dancing and singing!
It all started with photography, and photography has really been a core thread throughout the month.
There was the Berlin Travels post, for which I reviewed all my photos from six trips to Berlin, made my picks, processed and created some titles for each of them.
There was an invitation to a backstage/behind the scenes photoshooting during filming of a promo video (watch it here!!!) for the Arts Olympix. The actual event took place on Saturday March 1 at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, and I was a photographer there too, crawling with my camera from 10:30 am to 10 pm and finishing the day with more than 2000 shots (cleaning them up, processing and sharing is still ahead).
There were rehearsals. There was another invitation, from the Undergraduate Student Government of Jacobs University, to shoot one of their meetings to use those photos in promo materials for their PR campaigns and upcoming elections.
February 20 was a birthday of my grandfather, from whom I took love to the railroad. On that day, I went to Hamburg on my own and made a railroad photoshooting session. You can see my picks at the end of a post I wrote about my grandfather.
Also, during February I discovered Instagram :) I created an Instagram account for posting pictures from the iPad, which are usually of not enough quality to use for professional photography, but for together with Instagram app functionality these pictures appeared to be a good venue for an artistic self expression, enriching my life in a new way. The best examples of that are several beautiful pictures from the concert of 30 seconds to Mars in Hannover (taken with an iPad!!!):
Music got a new life this month.
Well, almost new. I continued to rehearse with the Jacobs Chamber Orchestra after holidays, and have been keeping up with taking violin lessons each week since I started. Though even here there are some developments. In the orchestra, I switched from my half-size acoustic guitar to my main full-size electric guitar, which is a greater joy and a big pleasure. On the violin, I have begun playing some tunes by ear (plus writing them down!) and even trying bits of improvisation here and there. It’s cool! :)
Otherwise, this month I had: first ever jam session, first ever rehearsal with a band, first ever improvisation session with a drummer, and even first ever playing the music in a subway :D All but the last were with the electric guitar. A subway gig was on the violin – I just had been walking with the violin and passed by a couple of guys who played nice music. I had some free time, so I asked if they could use some support, and they accepted my offer :) It was very cold, the acoustics was terrible, and I did not know the songs they played, so it was far from a very good performance, but a fun new experience.
Band rehearsals were connected to the Arts Olympix. The Arts Olympix at Jacobs University Bremen, if you don’t know yet, is a day of various competitions between the four residential colleges. This year, I signed up for the band, and went through several rehearsals, as well as through quite a difficult practical lessons in being assertive and asking others to respect me and my ways of living and creating. In the end, we decided that me and my part were not really fitting into the performance, and I fell back onto photography. So, no band performance for me yet.
In February I also restarted my own practice, coming to the music rehearsing space on campus which is currently located on the stage of a university venue, and improvising as well as learning new songs – this time I am focusing on Evanescence, HIM and thinking of Thirty Seconds to Mars as possible bands to cover for the upcoming (April-May) rock festival “Jacobs Rocks”. Maybe for that I will succeed with finding the required support :) Or maybe I’ll do an acoustic set :D
By the way, this is one of the songs which would be cool to cover – what a superawesome video:
AND! I was invited and used this chance to join rehearsals of the African choir on campus. Gonna learn to sing a bit :)
The listening to music part of life has shifted as well. For a big part of the month, I returned to the music as an escape, as a source of emotional help and support and assistance. In the end, it turned into visiting a concert of Thirty Seconds to Mars, after which I madly fell in love with the band and their music.
Dancing was only episodical… and ever-present at the same time.
First of all, Nadja invited me to shooting of a new Hamburg video for “Happy” by Pharell Williams. Watch it, NOW:
Then, another contest within the Arts Olympix was the Dance Battle. I had also signed up for that, but the team could include only up to 4 people… and I was not chosen for that.
But the aforementioned events brought a spark to my life, and I started dancing more when I was listening to the music or playing it :) Also, entertaining myself with dancing whenever I am getting bored, e.g. during the waiting time at the concert.
Also, during my walks – to the office, from the office, or just around the city, I have been playing with my umbrella, which also could be counted as dancing :)
…to be continued?