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)

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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

Unfold

Ólafur Arnald never fails to amaze me. He brings up a lot of memories each time I am listening to him. Lately, he reminds me of my Granny.

Tonight was a perfect night at Tempodrom. Thank You for the ride!

Ólafur Arnalds – Lag Fyrir Ömmu

The power of a note

Ólafur Arnalds was playing tonight. He never fails to win me over again. With his humble presence and honest music, he brought me to tears tonight. It’s almost unbelievable how powerful music is. Sometimes one note brings up all the memories. Sometimes one note is enough to temporarily bring someone back.

Thank you for tonight.

Ólafur Arnalds – 0952

Spaceship through the cosmos

Early Monday morning (Nov. 13), bright Jupiter will pass an even brighter Venus in a low but close and spectacular conjunction. The constellation will be visible from Europe. I wish there were no clouds above Berlin this dawn.

We are temporary arrangements, travelling time and space in our spaceship called Earth through the cosmos.

This temporary arrangement called “us” and “now” is pretty fascinating. We should never forget to look at the sky.

Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – a1 (Benjamin Knab Remix)

 

Tangents

Life is full of temporary arrangements. We get to know each other, learn from each other, keep our distance, create distance, decide to move on or simply get drifted away in life.

However, temporary standing togethers are always exciting. Repeating those, too.

Ólafur Arnalds – Ljósið