Eurovision 2018

In relation to the singing contest going on at the moment I’ve been wondering some things. I watched the two semi-finals and I have very mixed emotions. I also have a few questions, but for that later..

First of all, I am obsessed with music, contests, charts and different cultures, so this is like the perfect way for me to procrastinate.  I was not able to watch it the day it was aired, because of work, but last night I had a little bit of free time, so I decided to see what is going with Europe’s music this year.  I have to say I was very surprised by a few things. Firstly, no offence, but why countries like Israel and a whole other continent like Australia participate in a contest for countries in Europe only. I know this is not the first year this has happened, but I still don’t have answers to this question.

Second of all the content from all of the countries was just amazing. Besides my number one – Bulgaria, just because I was raised there, my other favourites are Greece, Serbia, Czech Republic and Moldova.

One of the problems with the whole contest is that now almost everyone sings in English, which is reasonable in some way, because that way everyone will understand what the song is about, but for me this contest is to show something different from each country. Europe is full of amazing, exciting, different and interesting countries, so I am sure if everyone sang in their language it would be at least a little bit more interesting. The problem with everyone singing in English is that that way all of the songs sound absolutely the same and they all sound like the songs we hear everyday on the radio and European music is so much more than that.

I know it is very hard creating a song in a language that not everyone understands to compete with the entire continent, but it is not impossible. For example this years’ Greece song was in Greek, but I honestly think it is one of the best in the entire competition and I think they should have gone to the final! I know like five words in Greek and I obviously do not understand the song and what she is singing about, but it still such a good song that can still make you feel something and I am pretty sure it is liked by most of the people who have heard it. Even though it is in a language that not everyone understands it is a very good song, because you can hear and feel something that is representing Greece in a very good way – their music!

I have to say the absolute same things about the Serbian song this year. It is another one of my favourites. Again, the song was in their own language, but they made it work! This is another one I think should be at the top!

As a mentioned earlier my other favourites – Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Moldova – all of the songs were in English. In the Bulgarian one, there was Bulgarian motives at the beginning and the end of the song, so I was like okay, otherwise it has absolutely nothing representative of the country, but of course I still want them to win, because that is my country and I wish them all the best! Moldova’s song was very fresh, again in English, but the melody was very typical for them, so this is why I liked them. You could definitely recognize that song if you hear it somewhere it has nothing to do with the others. And what do I say about Czech Republic, honestly guys, you know what you are doing.  First of all the boy is very cute and I think all girls can agree on that, so Czech Republic, well done on that! Otherwise the song, even though again in English, is fun, fresh and very catchy which is also very important for a song in that kind of contest.

A song should be able to make you remember it from the first time you hear it and I think all of the mentioned countries can definitely do that!

It is normal for every country to show that they can do it and that they are the best and honestly, I think all of the countries are the best! Everyone one of them has something special and different to offer and I think a contest like that is the perfect way for every country to show what they have and what they are capable of! This is a way of becoming famous all over the world or at least Europe in a very good way with your music! Everyone listens to music and that way they can discover a lot of new songs, genres and cultures. Each country has something specific and music is the perfect way to show the world that they can do it. Music is about feeling and coming together as one with people who do not speak the same language as you or have a very different culture than yours. Music is perfect in its own way just like every European country!

So, those are my feelings and questions about the competition. If anyone else cares or is also following it, can you please express your opinion on that, because of course I can be wrong and I want to see who thinks the same way I do, and if not, why?

Thank you for your time reading this and I will be expecting your answers and opinions!

Ah, yes, I almost forgot, and of course if you are also following it who would you want to see winning the contest tomorrow night?

 

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To the stars

We are going to live very differently if we start looking more often at the night sky. Imagine it is the beginning of summer. A July summer night. You are at the beach, on a mountain or in the city. You can be the busiest person and you can be the most careless one, but that doesn’t matter when you look up at the night sky full of bright stars which may seem like small shiny dots. It’s like someone has spilled a jar full of glitter on a black piece of paper. Wherever you look this is all you see. Dark, beautiful and endless. At some point you start losing yourself. Don’t be afraid to lose yourself, you can always come back of course only if you want to. This will help you to start thinking in a different way. Different than your everyday thoughts. You start forgetting where you are, who you are and you realize that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter who you are on the Earth because when you look up you become whoever you want to be. You become the person you have dreamed to be your whole life. You don’t have any limits anymore. Imagine while you are looking up someone or something somewhere in the Universe is also looking at the same sky and wishes it can be like you. It is incredible that we know almost nothing about that shiny black wall and what is it hiding and probably we will never find out, but it is always interesting to step outside our comfort zone and think about this. The possibilities are endless and the best thing is that we will never find out. That’s why it can be whatever we want it to be. Anything we want, everything we don’t have or anything we want it to be.

A lot of people search for an escape from the reality they live in everyday and this is probably one of the best escapes. It can open your eyes for a lot more possibilities. If there is a time where you feel like you want to run away just look up. This will always be your world, shaped only by you. Everything will be okay there. Go for a little bit it will help you. It is even better if you do it more often. It is important to disconnect from reality from time to time otherwise we will go insane and the stars are the most beautiful way to do that.

There was a time when I was also searching for an escape and I found it when I started looking at the beautiful night sky. I liked it way too much and I never came back…

 

Living in your own world

It is important having your own world, but is also important not to get lost in it. We all need a place where we can be alone and where we can be ourselves. We are not the people who everyone thinks we are. Even we are not often sure who we are. It is great when people know this and it doesn’t matter what everyone one tells them. It is important to have a place where you are number one priority and where you can get lost for a little bit and just clear your mind from everything is going on in your life. Otherwise at some point you will go crazy. It is important having a place where everything is perfect and you can forget for the rest of the world for a little bit. Where you are who ever you want to be and nobody can tell you anything.

Don’t listen to anyone who tells you need to more realistic and serious. I am a realist as well, but I do have my own little perfect world where I am the girl I actually want to be and everything is in pink and purple. I would be really depressed if I focused only on the real negative world where there is a lot of evil happening. Whenever I start feeling sad I just go to my world and for a moment everything gets better and when you return to the world around you everything seems just a little bit better and not so awful.

Another thing you also need to remember is that it is great having your own world, but also no need to be careful not to get carried away and get lost in it. You need to know what is real and what is not because that may cost you a lot. Go for a little bit to your special place, but never forget to come back, otherwise you will just be lost and no one will know how to help you. You may even start losing friends just because you look like you’re living in another universe and no matter what you just can’t go back down to Earth. 

So, if you don’t have your own world, go on and create it right now. It is going to be possibly the only perfect thing in your life, but is all in your head so it can be whatever you want to be. The important thing is to know how to get back to reality whenever you start feeling better after visiting your special place. And if you do, go on, make it even more perfect, use it more often. You’re going to feel better and never listen to anyone who makes you stop having your own world.