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Pa, Chester. Multumesc pentru muzica.

“My whole life, I’ve just felt a little off and I find myself getting into these patterns of behavior or thought. Especially when I’m stuck up here [points to head]. I heard somebody say this once and it stuck with me, but this [pointing to his head] is a bad neighborhood and I should not go walking alone. Most of my problems are problems that I cause myself. […] I came to a point in my life where I was like, I can either just give up and fucking die or I can fucking fight for what I want. And I chose to fight for what I wanted. I wanted to have good relationships. I wanted to love the people in my life. I wanted to enjoy having friends and just getting up in the morning. Because that was a struggle for me.”, spune Chester Bennington, frontman-ul trupei Linkin Park, intr-un interviu mai vechi, acordat site-ului metalinjection.net.

Chester a pierdut lupta cu el insusi ieri, iar internetul s-a impartit, ca de obicei, in doua: in cei pe care mortea lui i-a intristat si in cei care s-au intrebat cum de oamenii care aleg sa iasa din viata prin sinucidere pot sa fie atat de „lasi” si de „egoisti fata de copiii, familie si prieteni” incat sa-si ia propria viata „dintr-un moft”, „dintr-o boala inchipuita” precum depresia.

Nu i-am considerat vreodata pe cei care isi iau viata din cauza depresiei “lasi” sau “egoisti”: Aici intra Robin Williams, Whitney Houston, Chris Cornell, Chester, dar si milioanele de oameni obisnuiti care, anual, in intreaga lume, isi iau viata. Nu ii consider lasi si nici egoisti pentru ca stiu ca depresia nu e un moft, ci o boală reală. E un loc facut din intuneric, un cartier rau-famat prin care e mai bine sa nu mergi singur, un fel de Ferentari al creierului, e o spirală paralelă cu tine însuți din care nu ieși decât foarte, foarte greu. Dacă ieși. Iar când ieși, e cu căderi și ridicări. Cu zile în care abia te ridici din pat și în care lumea ți se derulează în cap ca un film prost. Și cu zile în care crezi că ești prea stricat ca să îți meriți locul în lume și că oamenilor care te știu le-ar fi mai bine fără tine. Cand unul dintre ei alege sa iasa din depresie prin sinucidere, rareori alege asta din lasitate sau din egoism. Cel mai adesea alege asta pentru ca, in capul lui, chiar crede ca oamenilor din jurul lui o sa le fie mai bine fara el. Rationamentul e gresit, evident ca sinuciderea nu e si nu ar trebui sa fie niciodata o solutie, insa asta nu schimba faptul ca rationamentul lor nu are nici macar un oscior las sau egoist in el.

Nu m-au intristat sinuciderile lui Robin Williams, Chris Cornell sau Whitney Houston. Am citit stirile si am uitat de ele pana la sfarsitul zilei. Nu pentru ca nu ii apreciez, ci mai degraba pentru ca nu i-am urmarit indeaproape, nu fac parte din oamenii cu care am crescut. Chester e, insa, o poveste usor diferita pentru mine. Si, probabil, si pentru restul oamenilor de varsta mea, care au trecut prin adolescenta cu muzica Linkin Park difuzata in heavy rotation pe MTV.

Ce e asa special la muzica lor? Nu stiu, probabil ca nimic, nu sunt nici mai buni si nici mai rai decat altii care fac acelasi tip de muzica. Dar e ceva special in ceea ce muzica lor a creat: piesele lor au dat unei intregi generatii de adolescenti sentimentul si siguranta ca „apartin”, intr-un fel sau altul, lumii. Ca nu e nimic gresit in ei. Ca o sa fie si altfel. Ca o sa fie mai bine. Si ca au tot dreptul sa existe exact asa cum sunt. Multi dintre adolescentii care au ascultat la vremea aia Linkin au gasit in piesele lor un refugiu din calea propriilor lor probleme: abuzuri in familie, bullying la scoala, depresie, anxietate, un simt acut al alienarii si, uneori, batalii pe viata si pe moarte cu demonii din propriul cap. Daca te uiti pe Twitter, vei vedea ca majoritatea celor care au scris despre Chester ii multumesc pentru ca muzica lui „i-a salvat”. Intr-o foarte frumoasa ironie, chiar asa e: muzica lui le-a dat adolescentilor care au ascultat-o atunci o comunitate din care sa faca parte, o comunitate cu mult mai mare decat cea care ii excludea. Cei care nu se potriveau nicicum in lume aveau, in sfarsit, o lume careia ii apartineau. Si un om care vorbea limba lor. Punctul de rezonanta a aparut tocmai pentru ca piesele lui nu au fost artificiale, ci izvorate din propriul „angst”, din propria frustrare de a nu apartine niciunui loc. Chester a spus in multe interviuri ca depresia i-a fisurat viata inca din copilarie, dupa ce a fost abuzat in repetate randuri. Dependenta de droguri si alcoolul de mai tarziu au fost doar consecinta fireasca, o tentativa inutila de a sterge ceva ce nu poate fi sters.

Moartea lui e, tototdata, si sfarsitul soundtrack-ului unei epoci. Sfarsitul ultimilor pusti care nu au avut telefoane mobile si calculatoare in copilarie si care au venit acasa de la joaca pe biciclete, s-au trantit pe jos cu prietenii si au dat drumul la MTV, care dadea pe heavy rotation Linkin Park.

Rest easy, Chester. Multumesc pentru muzica.

Rest in Perfection. Thanks for the music. So sorry you were suffering.

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How about this hidden gem-destination for your next holiday?

When it comes to city breaks most travelers are heading for famous cities like Rome, Paris, Prague, London or Amsterdam, never taking into account other delightful, lesser known corners of Europe. Even with the latest development of tourism in the former Soviet Bloc, Romania has remained among those few undiscovered gem-destinations.

And if however the scenic Carpathian Mountains with their lovely resorts, breathtaking views and ski slopes manage to bring some visitors during the winter, and the Black Sea Coast greets them with plenty of sunshine and beach parties throughout the hot summer, not many know that Romania can deliver some very interesting city breaks as well.

This country will fascinate you with its humble beauty, wonderful people (they are so, so friendly!), its gorgeous mountains, and wonderful frescoes of ancient Orthodox monasteries. The best thing about it might be its magnificent medieval castles; according to legend, Count Dracula lived in one of them.

Tips: try to stay away from the capital Bucharest (I thought it was rather boring, but – of course – that’s just a matter of taste). Instead go to Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Sibiu, Brasov, Iasi, the Danube Delta or Constanta. They are smaller, but so colorful, vibrant and full of exquisite people!

Okay, enough talking. Let’s go exploring!!!!

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Sighishoara. Photo by 00Joshi

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Iasi. Photo by Costel Slincu

 

 

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A slice of happy with beautiful people (part II)

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A slice of happy with beautiful people :)

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What does your office look like?

Are there (big) windows/flowers/stars? Is there enough sunlight/wine? 😀 With how many people do you have to share the office? This is my old office (and one of my favorites, for that matter).

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A night in Budapest.

I love, love, love, LOVE this lovely place in ‪#‎Budapest‬. A part of it was a longtime center for Hungarian literature and poetry, almost from its opening on October 23, 1894 to its closure in 2001. More pics to come. 🙂20140918_16244720140918_18380820140918_17270120140918_16265720140918_17351120140919_105022

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Beautiful People #AroundTheWorld (1)

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Photo Credits: Osma Harvilahti

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Poppies. :)

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Street art is good for the soul: beautifully painted stairs from all over the world

Street art is gradually coming to be accepted as a legitimate and wonderful art form by more and more people, but that doesn’t mean that street artists can rest on their laurels – they continue exploring with new ways to exploit public surfaces and cover them in beautiful art. This post is all about street artists and regular people who have decorated something that most of us probably wouldn’t think of decorating – public outdoor steps.

Quite a few of these pieces were born out of community efforts, which also shows a growing worldwide acceptance of street art. When the Rainbow steps in Turkey were first painted over by the local government, nearby communities responded by painting their own steps as well in solidarity. The mosaic steps in San Francisco were created by more than 300 local people under the careful guidance of a couple of artists.

Are there any similar steps in your city that are worth sharing? If not, hopefully these images will inspire you to get your community together and paint your steps together! These simply colorful decorations can make the neighbourhood a more uplifting place.

Let’s take together 18 of the most beautiful steps around the world!

Valparaíso, Chile

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Tehran, Iran

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