Today was Simons birthday. It’s been a custom amongst us three founders for more than 15 years, that when one has his birthday – we’ll do some sort of crazy excursion together. This habit has brought us to many rather nice spots in the world but most of all into some seriously crazy situations.
As we are building two companies, personal leisures have taken their toll in the past months. However, we wanted to make sure that we’ll save this day and our custom to spend an awesome day together. So Robert and I decided to do something neither of us has really ever done and go climbing. As the ritual demands it, Simon wasn’t told what we were going to do. The victim is simply told to get in the car and start guessing. Oh, and also Simon is scared shitless when it comes to heights – So climbing was the way to make this an unforgettable event.
The four of us (Annika was part of the team) booked an instructor at the Nordwand, Northern Germany’s biggest Climbing-hall. There we mostly spend the day freaking out. Hanging on a rope in 10 meters height is an amazing feeling. We all got dizzy and lost our nerves from time to time.
Either way, it was another great way to confront our own fears and find that something that seems NUTS is actually doable.
Later that day the rest of our Teammates came together to join for a giant Barbecue. We gathered in our SternenGalerie HQ (Simons parten’s house) in Reinbek. Dennie arrived with his recently married and highly pregnant wife Lucie, Rüdiger, our SternenGalerie-manager joined with his wife and of course there were Martin and Anita, who have been with the SternenGalerie from day one. It was a great evening that all ten of us spend together. And while we were sitting there, telling stories of drunk evenings on the Hamburg Kiez – I realized just how lucky I feel these days to be part of this amazing adventure.
It did not at all feel like a meeting amongst colleagues – It was more of a feeling of family. I hope that in the future, we will be able to have many more of these evenings and grow our family even further. I’m excited to see who will join us next!