Sooo, I’ve made fun of myself, made a list of my shortcomings, complained about my Mr.Bean moments, drenched by blog in self-deprecating humour….so maybe it’s time to give myself some praise and write why I rock \m/ If I could find “21 reasons” as to why I suck, I’m sure I can find 21 reasons to be happy, 21 things that are positive about myself.
Oprah Winfrey apparently used to say that everyday you should think of 3 things that makes you happy, so when I grew up my mom would ask us around the dinner table “What are you happy about today?”. This was something I brought with me wherever I went apparently….something I find quite sweet 🙂
So what are you happy about today? And why do you rock?
As self-educating and eye-opening it can be to write about your stinkers, take some time to write or think to yourself about why YOU are awesome \m/
I shall give it a go 😛
1- I care about what happens in the world and gave away all the money I got for my 18th birthday to an organisation that protects wild life 😛 I’ve never repeated extreme charity such as that, as I need to live too, but the bottom line is, that I believe that we should all help others. Not in order to increase our popularity, but because it is what is right. I’m also an Amnesty International Member and have been so for years. I was trying to raise awareness about Darfur when I went to high school among other things, but didn’t have much luck. I started a zine with a friend of mine when I was a teen that was supposed to raise awareness concerning social injustice where we lived in our local area. We didn’t have much luck with that either. I almost went to India to do charity work when I was in my late teens but ended up not being able to go.
2- I’m always there for my friends and family. At the end of the day I’m very loyal and I love to surprise people!
3-Dedication. I had to learn how to speak Italian when I was six as my family moved to a foreign country. I also had to wrap my head around French when my family lived in France for a year and I also had to teach myself English as I went to high school in America :0 When I started playing guitar I would use an English-Norwegian dictionary to figure out the explanations in guitar magazines since my English sucked 😛
4-Humble. That’s right! Why else would I put myself in the situation of “student” again, when learning classical music on the guitar 😉 I was already an internationally acclaimed musician, but I never let this get to my head as I believe that this will stifle your growth as a musician. I feel lucky that I always get feedback and constructive criticism about my performances and/or writing. This way I keep on growing.
5-I’m flexible and therefore have a good reputation when it comes to working with others in a studio setting for example. I’m as far as you could possibly get from being a dictator. I believe you will only shoot yourself in the foot if you don’t listen to others.
6-I write my own music. That’s right. I’ve always been insanely creative. I always wanted to be a songwriter and even though I gave up a couple of times as a kid, I always came back to it.
7-I can sing opera 😛 I’m classically trained and even though I’m not done with my opera education I’m really proud of what I can do already and excited about what I will be able to master one day 🙂
8-I taught myself how to play the guitar 😉 That’s right! I didn’t get guitar lessons until I was working on “artist-development” in L.A. 🙂
9-I had my first art exhibition when I was 13 😛 I didn’t sell a single picture but whatever, the bottom line is that I did it 😛
10-I had something that I had written published by a newspaper when I was 17. This was my first go at writing. I had to have a guitar break as my hand was all messed up after too much playing.
11-I used to draw fashion drawings. I wanted to be a designer. That was my dream from I was 6 years old. I kept on switching between wanting to be an archeologist and dreaming of owning my own “fashion house”.
12-Even though my visual arts is in the shadow of my music, I love to draw and this is what I’ve done the longest. I even wrote and illustrated a children’s book. I have plenty of other quirky characters I’ve come up with as I love “designing” characters, if there ever was such a word. If I wasn’t a musician it would have been cool to to have an arts degree and create graphic novels or maybe story boards for movies.
13-I co-direct my music videos as I “see my music ” when I write it.
14-I did theater once and loved it. That was the moment I figured that I wanted to be a performer.I love to play the “villain” or be “crazy”.
15- When I was a kid I was a goalie \m/
16- I also used to do Marshall Arts!
17-When I was 11 I got my first “studded” belt with proper nails, not the flat plastic ones 😛 So no wonder that my current purse looks like this \m/
18- I love to read and have always been a book-worm 😛
19- I always wanted a Doberman called Lucius and a Westie called Truffles. I don’t have either but I have a bearded Dragon I’ve named after Severus Snape. I would also like to have a white bunny, who I would probably name Draco 😛 I always wanted to own a snake, but after holding several different types I was shocked to see how strong they are, snakes aren’t very social either and try to hide away and escape. I figured that snakes probably aren’t that keen on “being owned” by anyone.
20- I have a very varied taste when it comes to music and there are plenty of things that interest me that have nothing to do with show-biz. I’m obsessed with space for example.
21- My hair looks like this. I cut it short in 2005 and coloured it green 😮 I decided to let it grow to see how long it could possibly get! I’m still curious to see how far down it will go \m/
I wrote this entry as a contrast to my 21 reasons I suck! entry, something I wrote as a counterweight to my 22 hopeless musicians, when you are a soloartist! entry 😛 I got 3 more “Top List” entries, you can check them out here: 20 Practise Tips For Guitarists,5 Horrible People,20 Badass Women.