I believe that if you are a curious person, you will have many passions throughout your life. I have several, like running, traveling, studying and meeting people. I’d like to focus on that last one in this post.
One of the great joys that the Internet has given me is the opportunity to meet people that I probably would not have met otherwise. This includes all the youtubers from around the world that were so central to my life, especially between the years 2009-2018. It begain internationally, but as the platform grew with active creators, so did these new friendships also form here in Sweden.
But it’s not just about other creators. Because I do what I do with my content, first on youtube and now also on instagram, I have the privilege of meeting people that share both my love for languages, but also the need to connect with people. It can be someone who recognizes me on the street. It can be someone writing to say that they’re coming to Stockholm and ask if I wanna hang out. It can be me finding people to film with that then grows into mutual following and friendship. So much of this is about interaction and curiosity. What can I learn from this person, what can they learn from me?
I have so many stories to tell you about and I am grateful for every single one of them. When people who share a similar level of energy meet, great things can happen.
I have never sought to be famous. I just want to be respected for what I do, and who I am in other people’s life. Because of my many years in front of a camera and my continued passion for creating, something not triggered by online success but rather from the need to do it, I suddenly find myself with a quickly growing account. I see the comments, I read the DMs and it fills me with so much pride, for the mere reason that I have place, a function in other people’s awareness. To be able to contribute to the passion of others is an amazing feeling. It’s a win-win.
A few years ago, we had a running thing in the comments of my posts of how incredible it would be to rent a big house in the woods somewhere in Sweden and just gather a bunch of us there for a weekend. Strangers at first, but quickly turning into people with a passion to connect, a passion for languages and a passion for making the world better because we get to meet across different backgrounds and cultures. How cool would that be? Definitely something to work towards.
And you know what? I would love to be able to share some of your stories as well. What is it like to study in Sweden? What is it like to learn a language from halfway around the world? Why are you learning Swedish? What is it like to live here as someone who emigrated here? These are all stories that I truly believe others could benefit from and feel inspired by. For as much as the Internet is a screen that we alone have in front of us, it can also be a gateway to amazing friendships and connections. Being able to bring people and their stories together is something that drives me.
We’re in this together, my friends. So let’s make the best of it.