I just read CC:s beautiful entry about the members of the mansion and how we have been brought together in a seemingly everchanging world moving quickly, how we have created a unity and home together in which we can experience London and life. Its pretty cool to think that only 2 years ago I had just met CC the first time, and i had never even SEEN Elin or heard her name. Which is very very strange considering we moved in the same kind of circles in Stockholm! It took for us to leave Sweden to actually meet!
The first time I met CC I thought: what a kind girl. What a CALM girl. She loves books. Great. I love books too. Little did I know then that there is more than books to this lady. She is full of a passion for life, fun, pleasures, dancing, food, laughter – basically the bits that the human race has always connected through. She is also, like me, a thinker. Which has meant we can connect both in our love of long, wild parties, but, as importantly, in long chats and in exchanging even longer emails. CC has the ability to be there even when you are on your knees, which I find to be one of the most admirable abilities in anyone. She accepts that we are all flawed and imperfect, but that we want to grow, and with the help of our friends, we can. She has been there when I have been at my lowest, my most insecure and scared, and she has let me know that it is ok, and that she will be there through it, never judging me. We are both a bit fragile at times, and it has been sort of life saving for me to be able to vent to her my inner turmoil. BUT – and this is an important but – she is also a person I can laugh my ass off. Although we can get lost in our thoughts, we know not to take life TOO seriously – it is short, lets enjoy the ride! We certainly enjoy the ride together, and we have bucket loads of fun!
When I first met Elin I didn’t know what to make of her, I thought she was secretive and mysterious. Then BOOM something just unlocked and before i knew it we were meeting up every morning to powerwalk around Hyde Park, explore London’s most beautiful summerspots, record tv-shows, get our legs out in the summer night and take off to Croatia for 10 amazing, beautiful, sunny, crazy days that we will never forget. It was one of those whirlwind romance friendships where everything just CLICKED. We moved in, became like sisters and we are learning from each other continously. In some ways we are almost identical (anyone that saw our cabin on the boat in Croatia will understand!!) and in other ways completely bipolar opposites – although we speak different languages sometimes I think people like that are the ones most worth really hanging on to, they help us grow and overcome difficulties, showing us a different perspective but also catching us if we fall. I am so grateful for every time Elin has given me a hug JUST when I needed it. It is a rare ability that she masters! Elin is also the person I would ask to arrange my wedding if I ever wanted a top of the line, unforgettable, massively amazing wedding day. She has a way of making things tasty, beautiful, inspiring and cozy by just looking at them and she pours her heart and love in every little detail, making it special in a way that is beyond superficial beauty, and that I have come to appreciate so much.
And my brother.. for anyone who has met us it is obvious he is one of my most beloved people in life. There is literally nothing I wouldn’t do for him, and I would go to great lengths to defend and protect him. Its fantastic that he has been able to join our little trio at this time in his life, and he has certainly provided massive amounts of love that us girls have needed. Being 20 years old, he is achieveing things other young people could only dream of, partly because he is surrounded by people who are willing to help him places, but mainly because of his massive heart and openminded attitude to people around him. Thats probably the thing I am most proud of with Tompen – that he is non-judgemental, accepting and KIND. He very rarely says bitter or cynical things or become bitchy or nagging. He is a bit of an angel, our Tompen.
And that, is in short (because really there is so much more to say) a few of the reasons I love my family in The Mansions. I will always, ALWAYS remember this time as a positive, filled with love era and the 4 of us will always have a very special connection.
(If this is soppy, it is because true love IS soppy!)