Drugi jezik na kojem je dostupan ovaj članak: Bosnian
We are used that surveys and research mainly deal with the ratings of political parties and leaders. The real life is somehow avoided by researchers, but when they do pay attention to it, the results often surprise us.
Truth About Years, the research conducted globally by McCann Truth Central, had interesting results in Serbia. In the country that is currently considered “the oldest in Europe” results show the perception of Serbs toward old age. So we learned that a large part of the population was indifferent, and that a considerable part of the respondents were concerned, and even fearful of age.
That is why McCann Truth Central Belgrade and Nedeljnik decided to launch an action following the research about years, in which every second issue of the magazine will publish a letter from a public figure to their younger self, and a letter to their older self. All of the texts will eventually be compiled in a book that will be released in 2019. It will be a kind of collection of opinions, and an inventory of youth and promises of the old age.
Lepa Brena’s letter to her younger self: Kid, you’re doing the right thing!
When you turn back after a 35 year career, you’ll see it was worth it. Every hour, every minute, every breath you took… and most importantly – don’t be afraid. Never, from no one and from anything.
You are going ahead of your time, and don’t expect support from everyone you meet along the road. Some will love you, some will not, but your sincerity, warmth and kindness will take you far. Much further than you ever dreamed of as a girl. All you have experienced at school, at the Festival of Young Builders, only multiplied – that is what awaits you on your path. You will meet the most diverse people and don’t let anybody discourage you, to make you doubt, or to turn away from what you feel in the depths of your soul. Your music is your tool, your smile is your weapon! You will have friends and enemies alike. And that’s all right. When you go forward fast, some will hang on to you, and some will simply fall off. Don’t try to explain others to yourself. Try to surpass yourself. In work. In the songs. In the movies. It will not always be easy. Sometimes you will wake up in different cities, different states, sometimes you will only know that you are in America or Europe, Australia or New Zealand. With people who understand you, your music will always be your best vehicle of understanding – because the language of music is understood by everyone. And it suits everyone. And we are all the same in the eyes of the music. You felt this for the first time when you stood in front of the audience. Through this business you will often have to change. You will often be tired. But every time you get tired, remember where you started from, and what the beginning looked like. Then you will get new strength. And it will not be hard any longer.
Try not to forget your age. Try not to focus solely on your job. Try to enjoy in all the years you have. Choose your life companion wisely. It’s a very important decision for a woman of your qualities and your career. If you choose smartly there – with both head and heart – many things will go easier in life. Support of your partner will be very important for your emotional stability. Never neglect your family. When you get married and you have children, there will be moments when you will not be a hero – but only a mom. A wife. An ordinary woman. And the kids often won’t care that you are famous, known, acknowledged and respected. The kids will ask you to be their mom. Do not ever neglect that part of your life. There will be moments when your baby’s embrace will be more important than any front page. Only if you are happy with your family, in your living room, only then you will be happy on the stage. Those two, in a woman who becomes a mother, become a whole. You will have enemies. Who doesn’t? You will feel pain and injustice on your skin, but it’s all part of life. You will make spectacular concerts, you will descend to stadiums with a helicopter from the sky, because there will be so many people who will want to meet you, so many that they cannot fit in a hall somewhere. Your name will be synonymous with a beautiful, successful woman. Buildings and restaurants will be named after you … you will even have a doll that will have your image, and other girls will play with it. You will be loved by young and old alike. The entire world will know you. You will record movies and travel around the world Your mission will be to send a message of love and friendship through music. You will film a documentary about your life. When you look back after 35 years of career, you’ll see it was worth it. Every hour, every minute, every breath you take. And most importantly – don’t be afraid. Never, from nobody and nothing. Take a deep breath and just get out on the stage! The stage belongs to you anyway. Life belongs to creators, innovators, leaders and people who are sincere and have a vision. It just needs to be recognized …