It’s Midsummer’s Eve 1994 and I’m 22 years old. I’m spending the day at the beach with my friends from the amateur theater group I was a part of. We’re doing typical Swedish midsummery things. Eating and drinking. Singing. But also being deep and artsy, because we were actors after all.
1994 was the year I played Titania (and Hippolyta) in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and my husband (who wasn’t my husband at the time) played Bottom. 1994 was the year me and my theater friends arranged a Shakespeare picnic by the lake; we borrowed costumes from the theater company so we could dress accordingly, and pretended we were a part of our favorite movie Much Ado About Nothing.
1994 was also the year we had a Rocks-themed party, and if you don’t know what “Rocks” is, it’s a song by Primal Scream that we loved to death. We listened to that song over and over and over again, and thought Why not have a Rocks party? We did play other songs at the party, too, but not a lot of them 🙂
In 1994 I dreamed of becoming an actor so I applied to several acting schools, but was never admitted. It was a time of happiness and friendship and immersing myself in art and theater and music and classic English literature.
That was a time that laid the foundation to who I am today. No, my dream is no longer to be an actor, but I still want to immerse myself in art and music and books. 25 years later, I’m still deep and artsy and pursue difficult dreams.
But who would we be without our dreams?
Tell me something about you from 25 years ago.