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Photo Set: Visiting Home

Visiting home is always a spe­cial kind of experience.

I always wanted to leave the place where I grew up. 

I felt sur­roun­ded by people who enjoyed fix­ing engines, drink­ing beer, and watch­ing sports. I read hun­dreds of inter­est­ing books but nev­er found any­one with whom to dis­cuss any single one.

I was­n’t spe­cial; I was just con­tex­tu­ally out of place.

But bright sum­mer nights offered a wel­come form of relief:

When every­one was fast asleep, I’d throw a note­book in my back­pack and go for a long walk. I’d be think­ing about media, sci­ence, polit­ics, lit­er­at­ure, edu­ca­tion, and art. Those are, by far, my best child­hood memories.

C’est la vie.

When I tell people that I don’t suf­fer from sen­ti­ment­al­ity, most people assume that I’m being indifferent.

But when your first true love is think­ing about things that few oth­er people seem to care about, the concept of leav­ing some­thing sig­ni­fic­ant behind becomes ali­en. If you care about some­thing, you carry it with you — inside your head.

How else does any­one bring any­thing of importance?

People who mis­take me for being indif­fer­ent often approach life dia­met­ric­ally oppos­itely. They get sen­ti­ment­al about the pos­it­ive exper­i­ences they leave behind. And they bring their neg­at­ive exper­i­ences with them, like back­packs filled with issues.

I nev­er left think­ing about media, sci­ence, polit­ics, lit­er­at­ure, edu­ca­tion, and art behind me. So, there’s no need to reminisce. 

Why invite sen­ti­ment­al­ity over mat­ters nev­er lost?

I don’t miss this place, home. I’m still con­tex­tu­ally out of place here.

But I do know how to cre­ate worth­while memor­ies here:

As soon as every­one is fast asleep, I take a long walk on the bright sum­mer night with a note­book in my back­pack and a cam­era over my shoulder, think­ing about media, sci­ence, polit­ics, lit­er­at­ure, edu­ca­tion, and art.

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Jerry Silfwer
Jerry Silfwer
Jerry Silfwer, alias Doctor Spin, is an awarded senior adviser specialising in public relations and digital strategy. Currently CEO at KIX Index and Spin Factory. Before that, he worked at Kaufmann, Whispr Group, Springtime PR, and Spotlight PR. Based in Stockholm, Sweden.

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