“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Well, even though I believe that I was not changed during the last night, the question is indeed, “Who in the world am I?” This is a question I never find easy to answer, as to me, I seem pretty normal. But if you really want to know, I will tell you.
I was born in Hamburg, Germany, but my family is Polish. When someone asks me what nationality I am, I prefer to say I’m European, as my traditions, views, and values are a random mix of both Polish and German culture.
I have studied English Literature and Communication Studies, first in Hamburg and then at Durham University in the UK. As you might guess, I have a great love for books and literature, and there are times where I will read three books in a week, only leaving the cozy sofa to find something to nibble on. I especially love American literature at the beginning of the 20th century, and yes, I may have a literary crush on young Hemingway… My happy place are bookstores, and one of my secret hopes is to get locked in inside one overnight. Imagine all the stories you could read!
If you want to read books, you need to stay awake. And nothing helps better than coffee, don’t you think? Apart from being a book lover, I am a huge coffee enthusiast. I’ve been working as a barista for more than 4 years now, and there is almost nothing that gets me more excited than coffee. (Part of it might be the caffeine…) You’d probably call me a coffee nerd, and I can obsess about brewing methods and latte art for hours, and I do take my coffee very seriously. So do expect a fair input of caffeinated chatter!
Apart from that, I am living through these awkward mid-20s, where you were expecting to be a proper adult and have your life figured out. But once you reach these years, you realize that being all ‘grown-up’ and independent really isn’t that easy and will take a lot more time than you thought some years ago. But the beautiful side of this situation means that nothing is set in stone, not now or ever. I do believe that life out there is full of opportunities, I just need to be brave and reach out for them.
Even though on some days this seems harder than on others, the adventure is out there, and so is a place for everyone in life. And who knows, maybe you do change a little every night, and become a different person the next day.
Logo Credit: Origami Bird by Agne Alesiute, Notebook by Oliviu Stoian, Chemex by Gabriela Muñiz, all from The Noun Project.