When you do the inner work and start getting your physical strength back you can celebrate Karneval as you want to 🙂 At times I am still overwhelmed and feeling very unsafe but knowing that already makes a ton of difference. Last year I had not even the strength to stay for the whole Karnevalszug but also couldn’t articulate what I needed and wanted and had the hardest time saying no to spending time with friends. This year was so much fun!
Especially spending it in our new hometown. It truly is a small town and in a good way “everybody knows everybody”. Katharina, Annalena and I dressed up as Grandmas and braved the unfamiliar crowd. Very scary at first, but the people made it easy and it ended up being such a fun evening with LOTS of singing und dancing 🙂 🙂
The next day, Saturday, our town had their own Karnevalszug and while waiting for it, we were invited by our neighbours. So fun. Not pictured are my parents who also were in town on Saturday. So fun dressing up as contraction workers – the easiest way to convince Jan and Albrecht to join the celebration 😀
Even Ilse joined. With all the people staying at our place and us coming and going she always gets very unsure and anxious and scared to left behind, so she joined us 🙂
We had a whole fun day planned in Düsseldorf for Sunday but then another storm came and everything was canceled. Annalena, Katharina and I spent the rainy day at home and had a relaxing Sunday and met up with everyone else on Monday in Kempen.
The costume turned out to be so good because a) when it started raining our heads stayed dry lol b) it was very easy to dress warm in it c) without much effort we looked very coordinated and lastly d) a few times candy just straight up hit as at the head – it would have hurt quiet a bit without the helmet 😀
The Karnevalszug in Kempen had so many cool costumes parading and wagons. Also, so fun to spend that time with everyone while singing to the music and dancing.
Can´t wait for next year and am looking forward to making this a tradition!