The air smells rain,
Nothing is in vain.
The street smells rain,
The head smells writing.
The year I became 25 I got my Master degree and it didn’t change much, not that I’d expected. The day I graduated I bought a cello and it felt so good to take the train to Gdynia and play Bach suite at the cliffs of Saint Maksymilian, facing the Baltic Sea (the only thing I was able to miss when abroad). The sea, seagulls, and cello, without having experienced that before, I was convinced of that perfect combination. And it was indeed. I knew the suite G-dur by heart, facing the waves and greyish sky, I played it. When finished, I saw a silhouette of a young man with long blond hair strolling along the shore. I called him then Marek on the shore but he didn’t realize I was there, I was not born for him yet, he hasn’t met my mother yet. He hasn’t given up on his dreams yet. And so on.
No, I didn’t apply for any job, instead I booked some tickets. Lucky you said my friends that decided to start their careers in Reuters. I could leave Europe, mum was happy with her chickens, I cleaned my room, I gave out the clothes to charity, I installed proper shelves and signed all the books. Julian was getting calmer, not ridiculously happy, but calmer, it must have been the continent, he got a warm welcoming, everyone loved him here, and even the possibility of publishing the book was rising somewhere up there on the horizon. Perhaps quitting alcohol made most good to him. Who knows.
Playing Bach suites in front of the sea became a sort of a habit, I also took the cello with me to Japan and I shook my head several times at the unbelievable feeling of co-playing surroundings while performing in Fukushima. The place was full of volunteers, strange smells, timidly raising grass and reporters. I think they all appreciated my awkward sounds. Nikado even said write me a letter when you play it in Tokyo, I’m wondering how it sounds out there. I like letters, I wrote that letter. (Nikado was an Arts teacher in his advanced thirties, in love with Woolf and Miró.)
Okay, when I was 25 I knew the silly decade of university was gone and from now on everything was about serious decisions like not to get insane or to pursue your inner instincts or how not to get scared if you haven’t bought the flat yet. I believed in the new decade. The next quarter, the quarter nr 2 as we used to call it with Martha, the quarter when/where everything was possible but in another way. That was another youth. A brand new youth. Oh, the hope, the anxiety of the new coming, we love you so much. Stay with us.
(taken from You must be kidding me, B. Sz.)