I’m at my friend Lisi’s place in Frankfurt, getting ready in the bathroom. From the gap under her roommate’s door sounds ‘Auf Uns’ by Andreas Bourani. It sounds familiar to me. He sings out loud, wholeheartedly, celebrating life.
Who is freezing this moment for us
It can’t be better than this.
Here’s to what lies ahead for us
That there will be the best for us
Here’s to what unites us
To this time
Here’s to us
To this life,
To this moment
That always stays
Here’s to us
To now and forever
To a day of infinity
– Auf Uns by Andreas Bourani [translation from here]
There are certain moments in which you realise that everything falls into its place. This song about unity, life and freedom fits perfectly. My chest feels like bursting with happiness and a wide grin spreads over my face while I’m putting makeup on. Life has been good to me lately, and I’m so grateful.
[End of March, after handing in my portfolio]
Sometimes I feel a bit pressured to create good, somehow meaningful photos.
But then, there are other days when the sun is shining, the colours seem brighter and I want to have some of that unburdened magic too. I grab my camera, get out and take some silly photos. My neighbours probably think that I’m either vain or nuts; I’m happy that I don’t know how I look when I take photos of myself, but the process is fun.
It’s relaxing to do something meaningless for a change. Shed the responsibility for a couple of minutes. Forget about the pending worries and focus on something easy. Stop thinking. When I was emotionally unstable, I used to drink quite a lot to forget and let go. I think being silly in front of the camera is a healthier way to deal with it.
What do you do to relax and forget about the world?