This is ballet dancer Benita Bünger, one of RECYCLE ME´s incredible ambassadors! We had the chance to interview her about her engagement in the RECYCLE ME movement. Read about what inspires and motivates her!
“When you're saving someone's life, you will become a part of history. You may not become famous, but you will be in that family's hearts forever. You can do that. How amazing is that? The power we have as humans. It's a choice. And I think everyone should make it.” - Benita Bünger
- Who are you and where do you live, would you like to say something about your background and family, friends?
I live in Christianshavn, right across the canal and famous Christiania in Denmark. I live here with my boyfriend, our cat Prince and puppy Sherlock.
- What inspires you as a person and in your dance profession?
Different things inspire me; my own perception of my own dreams is very important to me, like dreaming about dancing a special part is one thing. But to me it is how you dance it, make it your own, make it art, that's what's inspiring - what you do as an artist with the "cards you are dealt". Very often it is also my curiosity is what brings inspiration for me as a person (and therefore of course also artist). Like instead of thinking how crazy the world is for voting Trump their new president, I think it's interesting to think about what makes people do what they do? What are they waiting for in their lives? What are their dreams and fear, daily worries? Something that must have made them to make the decisions they did, voting in that way. That to me is interesting and can inspire many new thoughts about our life and the world in general.
- How would you describe your artwork as a dancer?
It's hard. Physically is one thing, I hate being in pain - mostly because I want to take good care of my body. But mentally is beyond hard, I can hardly describe it. You go through so many ups and downs in your career. Confidence is never promised and the pressure is never off your shoulders. So, I guess you just learn how to deal with it. The crazy thing is, just when you think you find your way around it, something happens. You get so nervous, you may forget to control your muscles and screw up your moment and you are back to where you started.
- What motivates you as a person and as a dancer?
My idea of my future (little dreams connected hand in hand) motivates me. I may be hard on myself, but I'd rather go down trying than thinking I could have done more. I don't think I could forgive myself. However, having a sense of what's actually realistic is key to being successful and reaching your dreams. I've spend a lot of time running around, not finding my place, trying to save the whole world. You can't. No Yin without Yang. What you can do is spread a whole lot of Yin where ever you go. Smiles, laughs and conversations with directions. Nothing more motivating to me. And then people have a sense of their fortune in life. That's beautiful to me too. It motivates us all. It's just beautiful.
- Why do you choose to take part in the RECYCLE ME movement about organ donation?
As soon as I read about RECYCLE ME I knew I wanted to be a part of this message to the world. I was anxious to buy T-shirts and jewelry to support the concept. You can tell this project is based on kind hearted people, who have gratitude in their souls. I've been an organ donor since I was 18 and I encourage people to do so all the time. I think it's important to share just how easy it is for people to make a difference here in the world. And it's an educational perspective, to see it from the other side. What if it happened to us, wouldn't we beg for someone to help? When you're saving someone's life, you will become a part of history. You may not become famous, but you will be in that family's hearts forever. You can do that. How amazing is that? The power we have as humans. It's a choice. And I think everyone should make it.
Benita is wearing the BRAVE HEART jewelry for organ donation awareness by designer Pamela Lindgren CEO of RECYCLE ME. If you would like to contribute to the movement, you can do so by purchasing the RECYCLE ME items at www.recycleme.life The profit will go to Professor Lars-Erik Gelin Memorial Foundation for Transplant Research. www.gelinfonden.org
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