Berlin is… A Narcissist

photo: Borkeberlin

You know it’s probably bad for you. Some things so consuming just are. Berlin is a city that gets under your skin, making it hard to imagine leaving. Perhaps it is the intensity that you fear you will find in no other place, at no other stage in your life.

It’s the highs, the transient moments on rooftops, the unexpected displays of colorful allurement that forbid you from leaving even when it feels like Berlin has shown you no empathy for so long. But it knows how sweet you find a bit of snow kissing your forehead, so it surprises you just enough to endure through its cold, grey behavior. Those gestures you hold onto through winters, even the winters in summer, whenever – it’s not up to you. As brilliant as you are, when you are out of its sight, you are out of its mind.

Berlin has a splendid sense of self-importance like no other city; it even portrays its scars and battle wounds as something attractive. After all, that adds to its uniqueness. You fall in love and in the meantime Berlin is preoccupied with fantasies. When you party, the smoke and lights and lack of mirrors prevent you from keeping yourself in check. Again you’re in the palm of its hand. It brings you along for the ride, only to let go of you unpredictably. Love Berlin anyway, but learn to read between the narcissistic lines. It breaks the rules and keeps you on your toes. Love its impulsiveness and laugh as it contradicts itself and then laugh at yourself: How can a city that evokes so much escapism be so hard to leave?

Text: Sheridan Butler, Photo: Borkeberlin

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Sheridan Butler is freelance writer. You can follow her on here.

Borkeberlin, a.k.a. Oliver Borgwald, is a Berlin-based photographer specializing in portraits and street photography. Follow him on Instagram here.

on February 1st, 2016
updated on August 13th, 2017
in Stories

2 Responses to “Berlin is… A Narcissist”

  1. Anja Says:

    True! Ich hab nie verstanden, warum Berlin so eine unglaubliche Anziehungskraft auf mich auswirkt, aber ich musste einfach herkommen. Und hier leb ich nun. Immer noch keine Ahnung, warum eigentlich.

  2. Die Irre Says:

    Diese Anziehungskraft des Abenteuers beschäftigt vorallem Nicht-Berlin, ist mir aufgefallen. Ja, in Berlin ist zu jeder Tages- und Nachtzeit etwas los, man kann ständig etwas erleben. Und doch nutzt man diese Chancen viel zu selten. Meist geht man einfach nur feiern und findet die wirklichen Perlen dieser Hauptstadt garnicht.
    Mich interessiert, ob nicht auch andere Hauptstädte diese Anziehungskraft haben. Ich denke schon, da man von ihnen viel erwartet.

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