Here it is, my first post. I hope that my posts about people and things life throws at us, from my very own perspective, will touch a few of you out there. Dealing with people is a key part of my job, as is a bit of traveling. I can’t help but observe, and be amused and amazed. I have been writing some of it down over time, because I just had to, as a means of preserving the wonderment and my own sanity. What gave me the final push to go public was an encounter with a long lost friend:
We had not seen each other for 5 years. “5.5!” you said. We live in different countries so we only ever met a few times a year. Still, or perhaps because of that, we were quite close at the time. When we changed jobs our opportunities to meet stopped, and life pulled us each in our own direction. New love for us both, a baby for you, new jobs, my children turning into teenagers. You sent me some music links every now and then, and told me you were playing in a band again, rehearsing several times a week. Then recently work sent you here and we agreed to meet for dinner. I was really looking forward to seeing you again, and talk like we used to over a few glasses of wine. And it was wonderful to see you: we slotted back into our old selves at once. It was obvious you were happy. Much happier than you were. Back then your melancholy was at Slavic heights. The scenes of homely bliss you were painting for me now lit up your eyes, your whole face. Your daughter, already 4.5, your beautiful partner, your mum who has now moved in, playing the piano when the mood takes her, and you doing household chores. (Really? You??) I was happy for you, but at the same time I felt a little left behind. You had built the life you really wanted for yourself, with your own company allowing you the flexibility to also play your music and be with your family. You could see I was really frazzled (we met towards the end of a long working week, after a 10h working day), and asked me what I liked to do for relaxation. I answered “I like to write” without thinking, and I was probably more surprised than you were. So, I dedicate this first post to you!
Here is a piece of music you sent me some time ago: