Voices of Berlin is Berlin Untelevised‘s monthly Lives project. This project is to show the connection behind real lives within this both crazy and wonderful city by asking it’s many residents one question a month. Our ultimate goal is to curate a collection of accounts on many topics, ending each month with an abstract poem created through that month’s selection of responses and, thus, transform Berlin into a poet.  May‘s theme is Autonomy.

Minette, UK

“I feel like I’ve always been autonomous ever since I was a little kid. I was an only child for a long while. Now, looking back, I would say I think I’m pretty autonomous and have been from such a young age because I felt like my parents probably weren’t very… emotionally responsible and so, why I feel like I’ve learned to look after myself. I know how to look after myself and I know how to be on my own, always very independent.

Even when I left home to go to university, I just could not wait. I could. Not. wait. To leave home and just go to university. That was a really big deal for me and it was only when I left home and went to university for the first time, I was 18 years old, where I really started, that was the beginning, where I started to flourish and really blossom because I don’t think I knew what my identity was about and I think to go to uni and to be able to grow and have that space to grow away from your family was really important for me.

Being autonomous is a big part of who I am, also moving to a new country, living in different places, I’ve travelled on my own in different places as well… yeah, being autonomous is a big part, a big part of my life.”

Minette from the UK shares her thoughts on autonomy for Berlin Untelevised Voices of Berlin


Read Minette’s contribution to this month’s Voices of Berlin poem and its collection of other Berliner accounts in Autonomy due out at the end of May. If you’re a Berliner, find out how to add a contribution by emailing the editor of Lives lorathepoet(@)gmail.com.