I never know how exactly to start introducing myself. Of course it depends on context, I wouldn’t begin by listing my academic achievements at a friend’s birthday dinner or by detailing my family background on the first day of work. But the safe option of “Hello my name is … and here’s what I do” sounds so unimaginative.
So I thought it would be fun to come up with a list: what are some unexpected ways that you can introduce yourself?
State some things that you dislike.
Describe yourself using adjectives you wouldn’t use for dating apps.
Share some positive observations you have about the people around you. (How you see other people can reflect a lot about yourself.)
Tell the story of your most recent failure. And what you learned from it.
Talk about what you want to do in the future instead of what you are doing now or what you have done in the past.
Sing or rap your way through your spiel. Dance moves optional.
Be concise and engaging, but don’t mention your name.
And that’s all she could think of tonight! Trying to post daily, whatever content that might be.
My last post was from November 2015. How things have developed since then. Between graduating from two universities, accompanied by two career changes, and the global pandemonium that is currently affecting all of us – a lot has changed.
It has taken me a while to gather the desire and motivation to read or write again after being stuck in textbooks and scientific papers during my most recent degree. Since my last post I have transitioned from professional ballet dancer, to brain scientist, to dance teacher and choreographer. I have updated my About page in case you were wondering how this happened.
This past year especially has been a lesson in patience and adaptability. It has been and is a waiting game for things to become normal, if that normal can even exist again. Nothing is guaranteed but change, and that has really affected the way I think about my life plans and goals. I have decided to restart publishing on this blog because 1) life is apparently too interesting to not document (in general, not during lockdown right now), 2) it gives me the selfish benefits of organizing and saving my thoughts, and 3) if by any chance my words here can add to someone’s life in any way, then why not! (And if not, then there is somehow a weird comfort in sending these words out into space anyway.)