Inspiration behind the Change Collection

Can people change? Or is it true what they say, that people never change, no matter how they want to? You probably know the song “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve: “No change, I can change, I can change, I can change, but I’m here in my mold. I am here in my mold, but I’m a million different people from one day to the next, I can’t change my mold, no, no, no, no, no.”

But you know what? I’m deeply convinced that we can change our mold! Yes, darling…we can change! But we have to put some kind of effort in the process! And then I stumbled over this quote by Andy Warhol…

They Always say time changes things but you actually have to change them yourself.

And that’s the point! We have the power to change things! We have the brains to change things! We have the measures to change things…but it’s often fear or uncertainty that stops us from changing things. And we don’t want to change our mold, even if we are starting to become sick. 

Don't exist...live

I've also read these words by Brian Krans and I think they are so strong and they express exactly what change is about. You need courage to change your mold...and you have to leap into uncertainty: "Don't exist. Live. Get out, explore. Thrive. Challenge authority. Challenge yourself. Evolve. Change forever. Become who you say you always will. Keep moving. Don't stop. Start the revolution. Become a freedom fighter. Become a superhero. Just because everyone doesn't know your name doesn't mean you dont matter. Are you happy? Have you ever been happy? What have you done today to matter? Did you exist or did you live? How did you thrive? Become a chameleon-fit in anywhere. Be a rockstar-stand out everywhere. Do nothing, do everything. Forget everything, remember everyone. Care, don't just pretend to. Listen to everyone. Love everyone and nothing at the same time. Its impossible to be everything,but you can't stop trying to do it all. All I know is that I have no idea where I am right now. I feel like I am in training for something, making progress with every step I take. I fear standing still. It is my greatest weakness. I talk big, but often don't follow through. That's my biggest problem. I don't even know what to think right now. It's about time I start to take a jump. Fuck starting to take. Just jump-over everything. Leap."

Letters to a young poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

The most touching words I've always had in mind while working on the Change Collection were the following by Rainer Maria Rilke, one of my favourite writers and poets. They are so beautiful and speak directly to my soul and heart and head. I've read them in the original German version but found the following English translation which is fairly good. Here it comes...enjoy: "So you mustn’t be frightened, if a sadness rises in front of you, larger than any you have ever seen; if an anxiety, like light and cloud-shadows, moves over your hands and over everything you do. You must realize that something is happening to you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing so much as to change. If there is anything unhealthy in your reactions, just bear in mind that sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien; so one must simply help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and to break out with it, since that is the way it gets better."

Beautiful, isn’t it? And I think that’s what it’s all about. Sometimes you sit in your mold and you feel sad or anxious or depressed and you wonder where all of these feelings are coming from. How should you deal with them? And Rilke gives you the answer! Don’t fight against those feelings, because they are here for a reason. Listen to them, say “hi” to them, invite them for tea, observe them and watch closely what they want to tell you. Even if it feels terrible (and it will). You can’t stop them anyway so don’t be frightened because “sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien; so one must simply help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and to break out with it, since that is the way it gets better.” And that’s the way out of the mold! And always remember…life will not forget you or will let you fall!