Dare to give up

It’s been a while, since we talked the last time. I hope you still remember me. I am the girl who tried to be a professional bellydancer and from what I can tell you now, I failed miserably and I am not going to recover in that domain. But wait. How did I get here?

The last year has been VERY bad for me. I had a nervous breakdown and spent the whole summer in hospital. I had to give up on my self-employment. I gave up all my hope and lived in total despair for quite a while. Now I am getting better and start dreaming again and have a vision of a better future for me.

I am not sure where my life will go, but one thing is sure: I don’t want to be a belly dancer anymore. I am completely done with that topic. Fed up. I have been disappointed so many times, that I cannot enjoy this anymore. I need to find something new to work on.

Long story short: I quit. I give up. I can’t do this anymore. I don’t enjoy dancing anymore and I can’t pretend that I do.

I am still interested in Arabic culture and I am still learning the Arabic language. I am starting to enjoy my life again and I feel better without the dance. Maybe it was never a true passion of mine, maybe I just did it, because it became a routine. It gave my ambitions a way to be embraced. It gave me something to be completely absorbed in. It gave me something to work on, something that I thought about most of the time.

But that is over. I can’t hear it anymore. I don’t want to see it anymore and I don’t want to do it anymore.

Please don’t tell me, that I need to try harder, that one should never give up on dreams, cause maybe that dream wasn’t mine. Maybe sometimes you change and you don’t want to pursue something that you liked before.

I feel that there is a big pressure on people to be successful with something and to keep going no matter what happens. Believe me, I am the Queen of not-giving-up. I tried it for so many years. I worked so hard. I pushed myself to the limits. And I didn’t see that there is no perspective and I am heading nowhere.

I will be happy to say, that I was an ambitious belly dancer in my youth. Of course I am still young. But I will work on other projects now. Weekly blog posts intended.

Sky over Berlin

New Year – New Home

I have a been a bit quite lately. This had a reason: I moved into a new flat.

I was very happy, that in the last days of the old year, I finally found a very good flat in a corner of Berlin, that is just perfect for me. 🙂

So I was not only busy with the Kayyin Ensemble anniversary show, these days, but also with packing boxes and carrying things from one place to another.

Since this is not the only major change in my life right now, you can guess, that I have a lot of things to do. But how can I complain, when this view is paying off for everything?

Sky over Berlin

That’s what I like about living 6th floor 😉

Hope to see you soon! Maybe this Sunday at Hafla Rakessa.

How many ups and downs can you have in 3 months?

The past 3 months have been really challenging for me. Personally, professionally and emotionally.

Since I am an artist, all of this goes together.

I hope that the roller coaster ride now has come to and end finally. Or that it will at least slow down a bit.

Here is what I learned:

  • Always love.
  • When in doubt work harder.
  • You can only change yourself.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others.
  • You can only hurt yourself. Nobody else can.
  • Haters are gonna hate.

But there is more:

Mother Teresa Quote

(No I’m not going to become religious. Just wiser. 😉 )