A Raft on the River

Unlike someone who works in the efficient world of business, this time, I do not have a plan. I do not have a strategy. I do not have a selling idea. What I have is a bunch of thoughts, ideas, opinions, experiences…..and a gut feeling. Yes, a feeling that I might have something worth writing about, something which might be of interest to some audience out there. I am aware, that this sounds infinitely vague coming from a person, whose job is planning marketing activities a year ahead of time. Planning and prioritizing are so important in my job. Nevertheless, business is different than creative work in many ways. Though, both require great focus.

I have always enjoyed reading. Ever since I learned to read, I read books. In my childhood, my father, who worked for the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, would bring home copies of the children’s classics published by the Ministry. It would not last very long though, before I exhausted every single novel or short story and asked my parents for money to buy new books. I would read at every opportunity I had. I read all the books my parents had on their bookshelves, many Turkish and international classics. Reading made me happy, expanded my imagination and knowledge. Books were truly my best childhood friends.

In 1985, my father was sent as cultural attaché to work in Copenhagen. At that time, I was a teenager and thrilled with the idea of seeing a new part of the world. I was enrolled at an international school and continued my education in English. During my high school years, my passion for literature continued. My dear teacher Mr. Pierce who taught us English Literature at Copenhagen International School, inspired me immensely. It was during his classes, I started reading and writing poetry.

Now, why am I telling you all this? Because I have a creative urge and I need to start somewhere. Giving some background seems like a good starting point. With all due respect to people, who write for a living: I am doing this because of a personal interest of mine, not because I am thinking of a change of career path or a commercial success.

This blog is my wooden raft and I am setting it in the river and letting it float. We will see where the river will take us. Come and float with me, climb up , have a coffee and discuss.