Roots

Where do you have your roots?
For me, this is a difficult question.

I have my roots in Hungary, because that’s where I have most of my friends and family, and that’s where I grew up, therefore the culture I am carrying with me.
But after 4,5 years in Berlin, I also have roots here. Not necessarily as strong as there, but different ones. I am lucky to have friends and supporters here, a network I can rely on. I also very much relate to certain places with good and important memories.

After meeting someone new I became aware of my roots here. My limitations and new perspectives.

It feels a bit like propagating a plant. You start with a big drastic cut first, and there’s the sacrifice of the split ends. Then you care for the propagated plant for a longer period of time, before it starts growing new roots. Once re-potted, time will tell whether the transplantation was a success.

I feel like I am thriving in Berlin. With all the struggles, I am happier than I was before.
I am only wondering whether plants can have phantom pains for their old roots.

Ólafur Arnalds – Undir

Push through

Sometimes it takes a whole day of hard work to accomplish nothing.

We will be over this. Hang in there. Everything’s temporary and we can adjust to anything. Keep calm and take the obstacles one step at a time. Your best is always enough.

Ólafur Arnalds – Ypsilon

Make a wish

Ólafur Arnalds is one of the few who always takes you on a journey when you listen to his music live. You either take the invitation and join on a ride in your mind, or simply switch off. Almost like meditation.

I had wanted to visit Konzerthaus ever since I first visited Berlin, on the 18th of July, 2015. Tonight, after having been living a little more than 4 years in Berlin, this dream has finally come true. And what a journey it’s been!

Ólafur Arnalds – Nyepi

Spread your wings

Some use the 5 seconds rule to get rid of procrastination. When they catch a thought that says: “ah, I should be doing that thing”, they count back from 5 to 1 and start doing it, as if their spaceship just launched. For those who are more disciplined, these tricks like the 5 second rule are not necessary.

I’m sure we all have caught ourselves postponing things. From bringing out the trash to writing our homework or starting the next big thing.

Sometimes, you have to follow your intuition and just do the first step to start something new. As soon as it’s out in the open and in the making, you’ll get excited and it will all become fun and a game.

It’s like a chain reaction. A book doesn’t get translated if you don’t start with the first sentence. A marathon can’t be run if you don’t do the first step. Your dreams will not come true, if you don’t let them out of your head and start.

Just do it. The rest will come. You’ll learn, work, question yourself, work some more, get support, work some more, and one day, your dreams will come true.

My wise father said once: “The real difference is between zero and one.”
Go for it!

Ólafur Arnalds – ypsilon (live)

Counting steps

What have you done today? Where did you go? Did it mean anything? What is it worth? Does it have to be worth it?

I once sent that postcard to a friend of mine, where two rabbits discuss the meaning of life. It was a simple discussion:

    • Life is meaningless. – said one of them.
    • Woohoooo! – replied the other.

I was thinking about lives today. I have stepped out of the comparison game a longer time ago. I don’t think that any life could be better than any other. It makes no sense to compare the apples with the pears.

So I was thinking about my life so far and the things I have achieved, went through, the things that happened to me and those that I did nothing about. We are temporary arrangements. We live every day and one day we die. There’s no good or bad way to do any of that. It’s a flow we are all part of.

I live in Berlin for almost 4 years now, and I have changed a lot.

Yet the core remains the same: I am honestly enthusiastic.
I hope it stays like this for a long time.

Nils Frahm & Ólafur Arnalds – Life Story

Ease

Life is not a walk in the park. But the more walks in parks you get to it, the easier it is to find your ease. Simple joys matter. Don’t forget to slow down sometimes.

Ólafur Arnalds – TREE

New light

I love how my friends change my view on the artists I already loved before listening to their works together. They add whole new layers to what the music means. They are sitting right next to me, when I hear the music again. That’s a sign of real connection.

With the music and with each other.

Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – W