It’s the lightest, brightest time of year. Waking up is easy, as the sun shines almost every morning and fills even the smallest rooms with light. Even though you feel tired, it’s easy to get up.
It’s not so long when I complained about the all-encompassing darkness, a lot. There are many mysteries to the Finnish people, and our complicated relationship with the four seasons create an interesting approach to our mentality.
This time of year, when young people are turning eighteen, graduating from upper secondary school, wearing their student caps for the first time and making choices related to their future, the air is filled with something special. Maybe it’s the mixture of hopes, dreams and illusions of never-ending time that intoxicate me every morning.
John Mayer puts it beautifully in his song Edge of Desire:
Young and full of running,
tell me where is that taking me
just a great figure eight
or a tiny infinity.
Love is really nothing
but a dream that keeps waking me.
For all of my trying
we still end up dying;
how can it be?
What is youth other than being on the edge of desire? And then, at some point it grows into being somewhere else, feeling quite different, somewhere over the shoals of guilt, or ocean of excess like Lord Byron writes, wanting to set fire to everything you see, going back on the things you believe, as John Mayer continues in the lyrics.
Today was the perfect day to see something that reminds me of the days of youth. Watch this video, made by YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company. It’s about finding a story, your story. Being gentle, taking risks, finding a path, devouring life. I’m sure they will provide subtitles in English at some point. Until then, just watch, listen, and believe.
♠ In the meantime: Just like everyone else, adolescent elks are also confused this time of year.
♥ Song of the day: John Mayer, Edge of Desire