This is what Pinar means in Turkish. In fact, I have three names. Raife Duru Pinar. First one is my grandma’s name. An old rare Turkish name. I have heard it only two more times in my entire life. Grandma and I were born on the same day. May 6. Like our names and birthdays, we have shared many things in our lives, until she passed away and left a void.
‘Duru’ means clear, which my father wanted to call me. My mom wanted ‘Pinar’. So they called me both: Duru Pinar, Clear Spring Water.
I was born in Istanbul. In 1998 I went to Germany to stay only for 1 year to learn German. 18 years later I now have a PhD. in Computational Linguistics and I dance the Argentinian tango. I had planned for none.
I am a researcher in essence and a curious person by nature. People matter to me. So do different cultures. I have lived in Turkey, Germany, Italy, US and to a certain extent in Sweden. I embrace diversity and different mindsets. I am experimental. I like risks, changes, and challenges. I continuously question the current state of things. My goal in life is to make a difference. For the better.
That is why this blog. If only even one person in this world feels inspired, relieved, questioning, encouraged, curious, calm….because of what I share here, I will be happy and peaceful. Now and then when I am no longer around.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.