Here I was celebrating Finland’s Independence Day (6th of December) on sunny Malta. I left from Finland over three years ago and afterwards have only gone for a regular holidays. Finland is dear to me. There are close people to me. Finland is beautiful but can be hard too. What I haven’t missed at all is the grey autumn and even more horrifying harsh winter. It’s so rainy and dark! (Even though I can’t say that the nature with its four seasons wouldn’t be quite something.) Anyway I don’t know how I would survive the dark period anymore. I’ve always been the birthday girl Miss July and loved summer and the sunlight – and while living here in Malta and travelling a lot I have become an Island girl too. The Island don’t really matter, even Hawaii goes perfectly well…
Now I was intentionally trying to annoy Finnish people. The other thing that I don’t miss back home is the jealousy that we might have. I think in Finland we are too restricted to do things in life according the certain norms and then we also feel so easy to comment each other’s and even neighbour’s life. So for example I might be the prodigal girl not reaching shit living life here in Malta. I am not living and paying my taxes in Finland at the moment because I don’t feel like that, simpleeee. Isn’t it the point in life to listen to your own intuitions and to do want you want to do when you are living once. In Finland we would need to learn to be more supporting, eager and interested of the others in a positive generous and helping way. To support each other’s dreams – and first of all: to have dreams!
Haha I don’t even dare to write all the things of the Finnish Mielikuvitusmaa version down here that we get some tourist to Finland even in future. Hahaa just kidding! Usually I’m writing on Whattawowworld’s site / in English first, but now since it was about the Indepence Day I wrote some Suomi first. So Finnish fellows, read that one – hah this doesn’t really flow now anyway!!!
What I really do appreciate, a lot, is the rich and interesting secret language that we have – Suomi / Finnish. It has been extremely important for me, especially since performing arts has been part of my life since being a kid and I do work with words.
In Finnish people I really appreciate the world famous honesty and that we are saying things like they are. I myself don’t really warm up with American/Australian way how everything is so cool and food was good even it wasn’t. I hope it won’t come to Finland too much (some people tell their food was good even it wasn’t!) Being the truth is the easiest and develops the world! Well maybe we Finnish people could learn to do it in a bit softer way though……..
Honesty and persistency are the things that I learned from my very dear late grandma. I am so glad that on great work of that generation we passed the early years of Independence and the war where my grandpa was also involved. I miss my grandparents and have been always talking about the importance of young generations spending time with the old fellows. This time is golden and we can learn so much. In fact I have created this meet’n’greet relationship with the neighbour’s old sport here in Malta. Would be so interesting to hear his stories but have felt shy to ask if he might think that I’m not that honest Finn but a gold digger after all!!!
Instead of salty sea abroad – In Finland I miss the most the sauna of the summer cottage and the pure Finnish lake mix! It’s the best I can tell you my international friends! Time just stops there and you totally relax in the hot sauna being naked with the others and then you run and jump in the lake – lake which is so natural and good that it makes your skin and hair shine! I love Finland. Please come and visit soon! Next summer Miss July has her 30th Birthday…