Mosch | Freelance Creative Consultant and Project Manager | All about books, music, movies, plays, politics, the future and feminism | Berlin, Germany
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1) THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS?
Looking back, a lot of very good things happened in the past 12 months.
The pandemic forced me to slow down. It made me realize that I really loathe the stress and velocity with which we speed through life.
I also realized that I've been doing the absolute wrong kind of job for 15 years (resulting in 2 burnouts). I found the roots of some very destructive beliefs, I learned that it's ok to be disliked. And I understood that my mental health is more important than what people think of me. I've stopped living the life that I thought was expected and started to follow my
2) THE WORST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS?
Realizing that I moved in a wrong direction professionally, which gave me the feeling that I've gravely wasted my life and my “talents”. It took some time to get out of this negativity and sometimes I still feel like a headless chicken. I'm 43 and have no idea what to do with my life. But then again, I am so grateful, because I get to choose a new path, which feels liberating.
3) YOUR BIGGEST WISH FOR THE NEAR FUTURE? On a global scale – peace. And reason. And integrity and togetherness. Less start-up mentality (aka exploitation). More calmness and serenity. In other words: The end of white heteronormative patriarchy and turbocapitalism. Personally, I wish for the important people in my life to be healthy and happy. 4) YOUR BIGGEST WORRY FOR THE NEAR FUTURE? That there won’t be any change. Because the time is due: We need to question our privileges, we need to learn to be more inclusive, we need to start putting nature and the environment first and we need to change our comfortable habits. We need leaders to be compassionate and empathetic. We need people to take care of one another and put the community first – to stop being so utterly selfish and self-absorbed and spiteful. And I am worried that this change might not happen fast enough.
5) A CONTEMPORARY WOMAN YOU CURRENTLY ADMIRE?
I am in awe of so many wom*n that it's almost impossible to narrow it down.
Starting with my girlfriends, who are adult, smart, determined, beautiful, warm and kick-ass women and I call myself lucky to have them in my life.
And quite honestly, I generally have more respect and admiration for wom*n than for the average men.
6) A ONE-SENTENCE MESSAGE TO OTHER WOMXN?
You may have noticed, that I am not a one-sentence-person… So here are 3: Do not let anyone dim your shine! Dare to live the life that YOU want to live! We don’t have to like each other, but we have to have each other’s back!
THE WORLD HAS BEEN CHANGING DRAMATICALLY IN RECENT MONTHS
7) HOW ARE YOU COPING?
I am coping quite well, to be honest.
Although I miss my friends, and I miss going out and having a somewhat social life, I am fully aware that I am utmost privileged. I have a safe roof over my head, I have access to the best health-care system in the world, I still have projects that pay my bills, I have a strong internet connection, so I can at least see my people digitally. And I have the utmost luck, that I can use the pandemic to focus on my inner growth and do some inner work.
The change that we see in the world is long overdue. The past 1,5 years of our lives in times of Covid have put EVERYTHING under a magnifying glass, especially showcasing what is wrong with our systems: systemic racism, gender bias, misogyny – everything comes to light. And things are changing. We have movements fighting the patriarchal system, and slowly things are starting to change: people are becoming more aware of privileges, of biases and are keen and willing to work on this.
8) WHICH CHANGE/ EVENT HAS AFFECTED YOU THE MOST / HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOU PERSONALLY?
Well, realizing early 2020 (before Pandemic) that I was on a wrong path professionally, and starting to learn who I am, what I need, what values and beliefs make me... well me – and realizing that it is ok not to be ok, was a massive change.
9) WHAT ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE MOST?
Well, we have an election coming up in Germany – and as much I as I see the demographics changing, at least in my bubble, the rest of the country is still pretty divided. And so are many countries, really. It seems that the liberals and the conservatives are at odd ends and there is hardly any common ground to be found. I am concerned that we all feel to righteous that we lose the ability to listen. And to build bridges.
We have two strong contenders for the next chancellor: one is a young mother of two, the other is an elderly white man. And I think the result will show how much we have evolved in the past years.