A thing that always reccurs here is me at the end of the year, resuming the past 12 months. For me it’s super interesting to see what happened and it’s often surprising. So here it is: my 2013.
It all started with searching for a place to live in the city I study in which went quite successless until I met Alexander, a person I secretly look up to since the day we met which was actually the first day at university. So we moved together in a tiny flat. After three amazing months of childlike anticipation we only had one month together. He got seriously sick and had to move out. Believe me or not, he’s a modern hero. Stay brave, Alex.
Instead of getting drowned in pity I drowned myself in work so 2013 has been an awesome year for Riseabove; I shot some band promos I’m proud of and finally edited the New Noise material together. A short version of the online trailer was shown in an open air cinema for some nights to promote the event. Seeing my work on such a giant screen was just great. Subsequently I also filmed this years New Noise Fest. Was great to have a talented friend of mine with me again. Well, I also worked on two bsclly releases. Made a Making-Of for the Spring Collection and later that year both photography and video teaser. I’m still not getting tired of emphasizing the joy I have with having both great and talented friends.
To be honest, I don’t know how to top my 2013 work. One thing I’m especially proud of is the 'Snakes' music video I directed, filmed and edited together with a bunch of awesome guys.
A band that will not be getting in my 2014’s report will be ‘The Haverbrook Disaster’. I want to give them a shoutout here because they gave me a lot of chances to work hard and show what I’m capable of. Unfortunately the will break up by the turn of the year. But they achieved greatness and I filmed both some scenes of their hit single 'The Chosen Few' and also starred as one of the suit men. Worked with them on so many projects, some of them never got released. But I think there will be new projects with those guys in 2014.
2013 was a year I made myself an own project. I felt like losing track, losing faith, losing the people I love most. My bike trip to Nancy, France was the turning point of that. Riding such a distance all alone was not too much but just right to fail and get up again. If you can treat both triumph and disaster just the same… I regained some strength, some faith and some new perspective on how I see people. It helped me in so many ways to deal with things.
Over the years I gained in wisdom. And 2013 was one of the best years regarding that. But still I know that I don’t know. There is so much to dicover, and so much to live out. 2013 I experienced an outstanding simple but beautiful truth. You have to be happy alone to be happy with others. Yeah, this sounds super simple but it’s much of a task to get that working. There are three things that you need for that, and those three things are connected. What means that they will and have to grow together. The first thing is Gratitude. Be thankful for the chances you have, for the things you had in your life, even if they got lost someday. The second thing is to love yourself. Be alone sometimes. Treat yourself well. You always have to go after the things you want. You deserve it. Consequently, this means you’ll have to fight for it. Prepare to get hurt. But never hurt anybody. This is the third thing. Love everybody. Be as nice to others as you treat yourself. Everybody deserves to be happy and so everybody deserves to fight for his own well-being. If they get lost, fighting, lead them the way. You see? This is some kind of a holy trinity. You can’t have one thing without the other two things.
This is what I learned in 2013. And I can feel myself getting better with and at it.
I really hope your 2013’s have been both awesome and brightening, too. Thanks to everybody who made it such a joy and especially thanks to everyone who helped me getting along with the things that define me.
Already made some plans for 2014. So many plans; lots of rubbish, but I’m sure we know how to pick the gems. I’m also sure things will change again. I will change, and things will change me. But there are constants to hold on to: Never quit, never give up, never stop going after the things you deserve. Always love, always believe, always create something good.