A birthday that soon flows into New Year is invariably a period of reflection. Though I never force myself to set particular goals or seek out particular answers, somewhere around the eve of November 5th questions always start to arise. Then by New Year they occupy my thoughts to the
“No, we don’t want ordinary tea. Can we have ginger and lemon?” Yesterday we turned down tea. Or, to be more precise, I turned it down because my heart was pounding a mile a minute after our ascent, and my companions did the same in solidarity. Altitude sickness was slowly
“Tell us a few things about yourself which the people here don’t know.” This was a task I had set, and it came round to me at the end, after all the other participants had already told their stories. We had come full circle. My turn. “This is actually quite
The more I experiment with twists and turns on my life path, the more obvious it becomes that radical changes like to take their sweet time. More than they actually need. A slow start is a strong start, and not only for those who like to go through life slowly.
A couple of years ago I began a dialogue with the universe. I broadcast, and it listened in silence. Yet it still was a dialogue, I can assure you. I have never claimed to be anything other than a deep-water fish. This is metaphorical, of course, but no less significant
My main occupation and interest is studying the process of change. Through careful observation of those around me, both loved ones and acquaintances – or, increasingly, my readers and listeners – I always seek out the knots hindering their progress (to help them eventually find and undo them themselves). I
In October my project “Create yourself anew” had its two-year anniversary. It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years already, but at the same time hard to believe it has only been two years. Two long years that have gone by in a flash. It’s bizarre: it seems surreal
“And so whenever a new potential boyfriend appears on the horizon, I get a sense of dread and can feel myself hardening: what if I lose myself again? What will become of my life if I end up with a husband and kids?” Readers’ questions Julia, 29 Omsk Hi Olesya!
“So are you facing many problems at the moment? Or is everything going smoothly?” “Um..?!” I was meeting up with a friend who had visited Bali with me two years previously. We were in a café in Moscow and discussing life, sat opposite some contemporary artwork entitled “Never-ending struggle”, worth
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