Monday, December 19, 2011

Growing Up:

I am slowly learning that I either do something half-heartedly, or whole-heartedly. With me, it's all or nothing. And that, it's not exactly what you do, but how you do it. I want to undertake everything I do, with passion. To use a wonderful quote from 'Under the Tuscan Sun' (love that movie!), and subsequently Federico Fellini:

'Put yourself into life and never lose your openness, your childish enthusiasm throughout the journey that is life, and things will come your way.'

So I'm trying to do just that. I'm thrusting myself out into the world. With childish enthusiasm. A month or so back I went to a party; a party full of all kinds of graphic designer/writer/pr/fashion types–and I loved it. My people! It has been a while since I'd been to a party with people who were more or less in my general age range. And doing the same things I love to do–personally and professionally. It was refreshing. And it was totally fun to to tell people how I came to the Netherlands–as everyone asked. It's a fun story to tell. But it's even more fun to tell people that I came to the Netherlands, to write for a pair of influential design and architecture magazines. Since moving onwards, my journey here in the Dutch capital continues to unravel in profoundly poignant ways. It was at a particular moment, when retelling the story of my arrival, that I realized: I totally belong at this party! And this really is the life I've created for myself. How fun.