Everyone wishes for a better year - I understand that completely. However difficult this situation has been, for me this year has been a turning point and a blessing, full of new possibilities.
My Feldenkrais classes had to move from my house and onto the screen, something which, contrary to what I or anyone else would have believed, has made me a better teacher. Instead of showing my students hands-on I had to learn to verbalise more precisely and more varied. And because participants could partake from home I suddenly found myself teaching people from all over Germany, which grew my business quite a bit. I even teach a class in Swedish now!
I also finally had a big batch of time to finally learn how to record and mix my music from home. I started out by making loads of beginner’s mistakes, watching hours and hours of tutorial videos, reading sound engineering articles online, and I ended this year with something to show for: two new singles released and four livestream concerts online. It’s a good thing that I studied engineering - it takes one to be a musician these days!
Although live concerts have been very scarce this year we did manage one beautiful open-air performance with a light artist and one intimate duo concert in Hamburg. Both concerts felt like we and the audience finally reached a water hole in the desert.
I had a wonderful summer vacation in Sweden with my family. I also turned 50 this year which feels like the closest I’ve ever been to being the person I’m supposed to be. Jens and I have more new songs than ever to record and release and I actually have this year to thank for that! If I hadn’t had all this time to be an a-social introvert keen on learning new stuff, we probably wouldn’t be where we are today.