I did artistic gymnastic all my childhood and youngster days. Whilst other kids were catching up after school or going to house parties I was in the trainings and prepared for competitions. I just loved gymnastics. As my mother put it she tried to take me to go to some dancing lessons but the only place where my eyes where truly sparkling was the gymnastics training. My biggest idol of that time (90s) was Shannon Miller, an American, 1996 Atlanta Olympic games beam gold medalist. I watched her performance on VHS in repeat and I had to have the similar fringe.
At the same time as the gymnastics filled my life I fell in love with Queen music and I have to say until these days Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen is still on the top of my list of people who I admire. As one of the first things in London was to go to see Freddie Mercury’s Garden Lodge house in Kensington.
During the university years I went through a philosophy phase. I sold my soul to French existentialists and my student book shelf got new additions from authors like Jean Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir. The one that mostly appealed to me was De Beauvoir. I read the whole series of biography she wrote and I booked my first trip to Paris just to walk on the streets she walked and visit the restaurants where she used to dine. I adored the life style of Sartre and Beauvoir and wanted to be one of those philosophy students back in 1930s Sorbonne, drinking wine, eating fois gras on baguettes, smoking cigarettes and enjoying decadent life style. The book ”The Second Sex” is still a cult work and a feminist classic. De Beuvoir is admittedly one of the most genius thinkers of 20th century. I love to quote her saying ”women are made weak by encouraging them to wear high heels as they cannot run and escape” or ”women’s independence relies on their financial independence”. Well, as much as I still admire her, I have to admit that I wear high heels every day and as being a housewife at the moment I live with the pocket money I get from my husband. There goes all the great feminist ideals that I once so furiously advocated.
What comes to authors one of my favourites is Oscar Wilde. I love her irony, sarcasm and the richness of his English language. I admire how he plays with words and says things that everyone thinks but cannot dare to say. In London we went to see one of his theatre pieces called ” An Ideal Husband”. It was better than I could have ever dreamed of!
Time goes by and I notice that the older I get the fewer people I genuinely admire. I guess that is due to a fact that as an adult you start realising that they are only human beings and their life is sometimes as ordinary as your own.
If I should mention a person who I currently admire purely based on his talent, it has to be Will I Am. I think he is a genius as a producer. He has an eye to not only what sells but what is entertaining, grooving and compelling. View the link of his recent production for Voice UK that he created in no time. Only a really talented person can put together such a show in a week.