Someone recently asked me to describe myself in 3 words or less. The answer was easy enough. It would have to be: WANDERER AT HEART.
To me there is nothing more exciting than the fact that we are given this wondrous life, and that we can go wherever we want.
If we cannot always go on outer journeys to new destinations, then at least we are much freer than we may realize to venture on inner ones into the vast realm within our own minds. Books, movies and our own thoughts can help us set sails. And the more mindful and present we are on our journeys – outer as well as inner – the deeper the experience we have of this one precious life.
We live in a world of intense overstimulation – we are bombarded on all sides with (mostly useless) information and distractions. Most of the time we are constantly and mindlessly rushing on to the next thing.
I say it’s high time to dust off your inner explorer and live your fullest, deepest, most deliberate adventure while you’re still here.
You cannot really decide how LONG your life will be, you can decide how DEEP it is.
I have always felt – since I was very little – that there is a magic in stories:
- The stories we were told when we were children
- The stories that since the beginning of mankind have helped us understand ourselves, each other, and the world we live in
- The stories we tell ourselves every day – often unconsciously – about our own lives
Stories shape our mythic journeys through life, and the better we understand stories consciously, the more we can use them to live a fuller and more authentic life.
I have spent most of my life studying stories, movies, myths, and archetypes. And I have always felt compelled to try to explain people I care about that there is so much more in them than we probably realize.
First I was exploring stories by devouring all the books and movies I could get my hands on as a child. Then I continued to dig even deeper through years of formal academic training. And finally I have spent the last decades teaching this at the University of Copenhagen, in lectures in various European schools, universities, and media, and in intensive courses and workshops in my own business.
I am based in Copenhagen, Denmark where I was born and raised. But being a wanderer at heart, I have structured my life around FREEDOM. Thus my life and business are set up so that a large part of the year I can work wherever I want to and spend as much of my time as possible in other cities. The last few years I have set up tiny temporary homes where I can explore and work and refuel – first in Paris and Nice, and now slowly expanding to Edinburgh and London.
Kind words about me
Thanks Annette for helping me see.
As one of many who have attended Annette's classes on the hero myth and journey in the movies I cannot recommend her writings and teaching on the topic highly enough. I've always felt enriched after these courses and watching movies today is an even greater pleasure than it was before I got acquainted with Annette's enlightening thoughts.
Henrik Frederiksen (Senior Vice President)