Dec 9, 2011

Limerence: Snowboarding, Skating, Surfing, Christmas and Love

"It's Christmas time in the City" - One of the things I've enjoyed in Europe that we don't have in sunny Sydney are outdoor Ice rinks. Whilst its fun watching amateurs like myself fumble around, I am truly mesmerized by skilled skaters gliding gracefully. Weaving artfully through the chaos, lost in a world of their own making. For me it's poetry in motion.

I've watched Ice skating in Europe at the Winter Wonderland in London and will be spending my December amongst the Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets) of Germany.

After being transfixed by a contended skater in Köln, I was reminded of this sentiment by David Brooks':
TED Talk Transcript - David Brooks: The Social Animal (18m 44s)
... And then the final thing I'll mention is something you might call limerence. And this is not an ability; it's a drive and a motivation. The conscious mind hungers for success and prestige. The unconscious mind hungers for those moments of transcendence, when the skull line disappears and we are lost in a challenge or a task -- when a craftsman feels lost in his craft, when a naturalist feels at one with nature, when a believer feels at one with God's love. That is what the unconscious mind hungers for. And many of us feel it in love when lovers feel fused.
The last few days I've been living and Ego-Tripping with athletes studying at the SpoHo in Köln, the most esteemed Sports College in Germany. The sportsmen are trained in all sports and disciplines but each has their preferred expertise.

I've spent the last few evenings watching inspiring videos with German Snowboarders and Surfers. There is nothing more uplifting than watching talented masters doing what they love and performing to their peak. I can think of only two things better:
1) Watching it in the company of people who share the passion
2) Doing it yourself!

Day 312 - Piusstraße, Köln

VIDEO: 'The Art of FLIGHT' Trailer (3m 09s)


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Day 313 - NeuMarkt, Köln

VIDEO: Nike 6.0 Leave A Message (Full Movie. 23m 49s)

Update: Things always come in threes. My Judo Black Belt, Ultimate-Frisbeeing host in Bremen shared this video of Bladers ripping it up in Hamburg. So Geil!
As an added bonus, OzHipHop legends the 'Hilltop Hoods' feature on the soundtrack.

VIDEO: 'U3 Baumwall' by Karsten Boysen

More posts featuring David Brooks
- The "Haimish Line": Pixar and TroubleMaker Studios
- "Limerence": Snowboarding, Skating, Surfing, Christmas and Love
- The 'Social Animal' - Change your behaviour and you change your mind

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