Epilogue: What Now?
“The biggest failure is having success
– and not being happy”
Since the 1990s, every summer I have participated at the week-long Roskilde Rock Festival in Denmark. I have noticed that as soon as I start talking about the festival my voice changes. I am simply thrilled by live concerts – they give me energy. Together with the 100 000 other festival goers I am automatically in the sensing position. Some things at the festival are unchanged since my first visit in the 1970s. I have had my base in the same camp since 1995. Other things are continuously changing. Many of the norms of society are temporarily suspended and in the tolerant and inclusive atmosphere of the festival new surprises wait around every tent corner. Roskilde Festival calls itself a boundary-pushing cultural-political manifestation – and it can't be put more precisely than that. Their codex for the camp area goes like this:
“Share, what you have, without expecting the least in return. Have nearly naïve trust that others wish you the best. Lean forward and participate. Keep your eyes open and your mind free. Cherish playing, and invite others – not only those who you know. Surprise yourself. Meet challenges on your way with a hug and a smile.”
That is charming, isn't it?
In front of the stages I am together with people I would never normally meet in other contexts. The diversity is extraordinary. So what is the link between a rock festival and executive coaching and executive ...