Tokyo I think we've got a problem

A late good evening!

Been watching my favorite English crime series 'Midsomer Murders'. Did you know that the idyllic English countryside of Midsomer has a higher crime rate than Brazilian Sao Paolo? No? - Well it does :P

As many other bloggers, I too has a daily challenge. The first one is about me, so please allow me to introduce myself:

My name is Charlotte Josefine Raun (from my mother) Leth (from my father) Mikkelsen (married name), born Pedersen (from my grandfather). Born and raised in Denmark, but for the past 17 years I've lived in Sweden. I speak and write Danish and Swedish fluently. My English is reasonably good - at least I'm able to communicate about this and that. I have a husband (the most generous man on planet Earth) and 2 grown-up daughters.

I work - but don't spend much time thinking or talking about it when I'm not actually there. I like to keep a strict separation between my professional and my personal life. I think it's good for me. Nevertheless I love doing what I do. I'm the sort of person who has a job because I need challenges and want to expand my views, not because I have to pay bills. If I don't feel good with what I do, I'll find something else to do. I seek for peace with myself and acceptance of my limitations.

I'm a moon child. My mood is strongly influenced by the forces of nature. I believe in astrology. A shooting star is a sign, and I believe that the power of nature is something we people cannot and should not try to defeat.

My family means everything to me. I can live on a deserted island, be without food, fancy clothes, money, stuff - but I cannot be without my family (my husband, my children and my cat).

I grew up in a strictly conservative almost reactionary environment. My father's family goes back to the 1360-ies. My upbringing has had a huge impact on me and my ability to find myself. I was a very shy, very lonely child, struggling to live up to the expectations that was put on my shoulders from when I was just a small girl. I was 35 before I managed to loosen the grip and turn my back on family conventions, values and rules. I do my best to show humility to others - to respect other's opinions and other's values. I do my best not to judge people, but seek to be openminded and compromising. I don't have a need to be confirmed as a human being - or as a wife or as a mother. Nor do I require daily confirmation in my professional life. I think this world is full of empty ego's and I wouldn't like to be described as an empty ego on my gravestone.

What makes me cry? - Many things make the tears run: beautiful music, a great book, the success of my children, the wind, sad real-life stories and so on.

What makes me smile and laugh? - Just as many things. I have an easy way with humor. I love crazy satire. I laughed at a concert once (noone else did), because I just visualized and understood the sarcasm in the artists performance when nobody else did.

I listen to all sorts of music, I read a lot, I enjoy myself on Facebook, I love playing with my cat. The most precious time I can spend is in my bed. I can sleep for 12 hours without any problems. I'm not very ambitious - been there, done that. My home is not a show-room. It's a place where I relax and find peace.

I never waste energy on things that are out of my control. I don't use energy trying to make people change. If a person has a sincere need to change, I'll be glad to help by encouraging him or her walking the right direction, but in order to change or to choose another way a person must recognize his or hers own need to change. Changing people against their will is never a good idea.

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