January‘s theme for Voices of Berlin is How I Stay Alive.

 

Petra, Slovenia

“I get up in the morning saying today is the best day of your life because it’s the only one you have and on top of that you are…. And then I start counting what I have. You are in Berlin, you are young, you have an inspiring project you need to do, you have food in your fridge, you have a phone, you have people around you to support you. Then I start listing all the things that I have and that makes me motivated. Instead of a place of lack, I come from a place of gain.”

How I Stay Alive - January's edition of Voices of Berlin for Berlin Untelevised

 

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 or theme 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.

Read Petra’s contribution to this month’s Voices of Berlin poem and its collection of other Berliner accounts in January’s How I Stay Alive in the first week of February. If you’re a Berliner, find out how to add a contribution by emailing the editor of Lives lorathepoet(@)gmail.com.