I grew up as a part of three very different cultures, the American, the Swedish and the Portuguese. Ever since I was a little kid I have been very curious about how the world works, and since I was constantly surrounded by different cultures with different behaviors, landscapes and norms, my curiosity only grew. I am the kind of person who you’ll find starring out into thin air or sometimes at a complete stranger, lost in thought. But I am also the kind of person who will actively look around myself and acknowledge the world around me.
Whenever I am in a creative dry spell, all I need is to go to a place full of life. It can be anything from a forrest to a café. I just sit there and look at how nature, people or animals interact, and my mind fills up with thoughts and ideas. The main thought that goes trough my mind is usually my curiosity for the human psychology. Animals and nature are fairly predictable, because they usually act and react by natural instinct, humans however are a little bit more complicated…
For most of my life I have been surrounded by people from different cultures, but I still can’t grasp what triggers us humans to act, feel or think in certain ways. Even psychologists haven’t been able to figure everything out yet. Because honestly, humans can be so unpredictable and illogical at times, and the brain is such an unbelievably complex organ that it will take years before we know everything about it, if ever. But even though humans often seem to act without logic or reason, I hardly ever believe that there is only one side to a story. There is almost always a reason, even when the action is wrong. I have seen so many situations go wrong because of some kind of misunderstanding created by either a clash in personality or in culture, and that is how I’ve come to realize how crucial it is to understand why someone acts the way they do, even if you don’t want to, because as it turns out your judgment can often be wrong.
I am not a psychologist, but what I’ve gathered so far from observing people is that although there are many differences between cultures and individuals, the core of our actions all revolve around similar triggers. We all want to make a change (whether it’s in our own lives or in the lives of others), we all want to feel like we have some kind of control over our life and the environment surrounding it, we are all curious beings who constantly try to understand the unknown, and we all want to feel accepted and loved.
Since my head is constantly filled with so many thoughts, I channel these and my curiosity into different creative outlets. My favorite outlets have always been the performing arts. It is through these I make sense of the world. Whenever I feel strong emotions that I can’t put into words I write, play music, dance or act. This is my way of feeling like I have a say in my own life, it is my way to understand my emotions, and stay grounded. A few years ago I realized that another art form could combine all of my artistic outlets into one effective trigger of emotions, filmmaking.
My goal is to bring stories to life by combining all of my passions. Stories that captivate a broad range of personalities, and that, even for just a moment, make a difference in the lives of others. On this blog I want to share my own experiences and the experiences of others to, at the best of my ability, get people to feel, think and act. I will be posting a lot about human rights and human behavior, self-expressive creativity, and a lot of random thoughts about what, to me, makes this world such a harsh, yet wonderful and mysterious place.