When we were in Copenhagen in the last days we saw a lot of young people celebrating. They were standing on lorries, trucks and vans, driving through the city, honking, shouting and celebrating. I asked what they were doing and got to know that they just finished their school and were celebrating. They must have been between 17 and 19 and on their way through the city they visited all parents. People told me that this is the Danish culture or tradition to celebrate in this way.
We were looking down from the balcony and they were waving and looking at us. It was very nice to see that they were enjoying and making party but then I also saw that all of them were drunk, having beer bottles and other alcoholic drinks in their hands. Then I asked ‘okay, they are celebrating and having fun but why do they drink?’ Somebody said ‘This is the way how they have fun.’ But why can’t they have fun in normal way, when they are fully conscious? Why do you need to get drunk, fall unconscious or throw up to have fun? Maybe you don’t even remember afterwards what you were doing and that you had fun.
Somehow it has become a tradition or fixed idea that if you talk about a party and having fun that you need to have alcohol, which is a drug. That means that this is the main part of having fun and then you are not having fun but alcohol is having fun. I also like to have fun, enjoy, celebrate and have a party, being with people, but if I was not aware of what I am doing and what is going on, it would not be fun for me, I would not enjoy. Unfortunately this is going on here, it is sad.
Why can society, people and especially this young generation not have fun from your feeling and from inside themselves? My principle of life is this: being happy, enjoying life and living with laughter.