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Risto a.k.a. Ricky Tähtisilmä

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posted by alias Poupetta on Saturday 31st of October 2015 01:45:44 PM

I liked his red scarf and black hat, and when I approached for a portrait, it turned out that Risto is a writer. He had just published his first novel ! It amazes me each time to find out the real life story which lies, for example, behind a hat or a scarf. That mundane detail, which has at first caught my attention and curiosity, becomes the beginning of a deep look into somebody's life. I admire all these wonderful people on my path, my fellow human beings, who open up and share their stories with the rest of us. Reaching out works in mysterious ways. One never knows how, but it always touches someone deep in the heart. It was my pleasure to meet you, Risto, a.k.a. Ricky, the floor is yours, please: "I was born in Sipoo, near Helsinki. When I was only one year old we moved to Espoo, a big city near Helsinki. I was a quiet and shy boy because I had vitiligo in my face and body. (Vitiligo is a condition in which the pigment is lost from areas of the skin, causing whitish patches, often with no clear cause.) "I also had problems to say the R- and S-letters, but I went to a speech therapist and learned to speak normally. However, because of that, and some family issues, I started to keep a diary. I have some 30 notebooks and three cardboard boxes filled with thoughts. "I was good in sports. I have played floor-ball in 3rd division and have won a couple of times the title of player who makes the most goals. "After all the difficulties--I have also problems to focus when I read as I have a strong imagination and am usually "in deep waters" and in my own world--I graduated from high school. I was so depressed because of my vitiligo that I decided to study everything about it. "I contacted a dermatology specialist, Allan Lassus, (a big name in Finland - R.I.P) and he prescribed some special medicines. During two summers, whenever it was a sunny day, I took two pills and walked out to take sun. Gradually, the pigments came back to my skin and it boosted my self-confidence as I looked normal. "I went to the army because all my friends did and because I also wanted to please my relatives. I didn't think that my decision was stupid or thoughtless. In Finland everyone has to go to the army or instead serve by working in churches, hospitals, libraries etc. "After a fortnight in the army, I've noticed that it wasn't something I respected in my own life. My precious soul and peaceful mind are more important to me than playing with guns and hearing constant shouting. I moved to a library in Kivenlahti, Espoo, to accomplish my military service. While in the library, I read a few books, listened to many records and decided that I wanted to write a book. "I wrote my first novel called "Tuntemattoman paljastuskirja" ("The Revealing Book of the Unknown"). It tells a strange and dreamy story of a boy called "Unknown" or "Incognito" in that one split of a second of James Dean's death on a highway. The beginning and the end of the story are the same moment. I thought it was an interesting idea. I've sent the book to only one publisher as I was so self-confident that it was awesome and that everyone will want to publish it. Well, you can guess that they didn't even call me or send an email. I became really depressed. "At the time, I broke up with my first girlfriend and I lived in my grandparents' old house which was a haunted place. I couldn't sleep at night. I was really broken and tried to get at least a couple of sleeping hours with sleeping pills. "I was working in a big supermarket called 'Euro Spar' in Espoo, but I quit there and moved to Helsinki near the centre. I started to work in a little shop, 'K Pikkolo', where I also baked and did lots of different things. "The next summer found me writing my first children's novel called: "Repsu". It's a story about a creature who doesn't fit anywhere and starts to look for his home. He meets many animals and a boy and have some really good conversations with them. I tried to get a similar kind of atmosphere in my book as "The Little Prince" had. "My girlfriend at that time read it and said it was well written, but that it wasn't commercial enough. She said that people wanted to read Harry Potter so I didn't send "Repsu" to any publisher at all. "I quit working in K-Pikkolo and went to work in Alko. It's a Finnish liquor store which has the sole monopoly to sell alcohol and has many stores everywhere in Finland. "I also tried to get into many schools, but because of my reading problems I didn't get it. For example, in a school where you can study Film and TV script I was in the top 10 of 200 candidates, but only 4 got in. I was near, but not enough. "A short while after I started to work in Alko, I had a mania episode in my life, mostly because I have a strong imagination. I was so worried about the nature situation, the climate, mankind and the whole world. So I started to write all nights long my book, or manifest, which was supposed to solve all the problems of the world and finally bring world peace. I flipped. "I were in a mental hospital for a few weeks. Then I was really depressed for a few moths. However, I got gradually better. I forgot my thoughts about to save the world. "My father published my first poetry book, but it didn't make me happy. My dad's friend composed and recorded an album from my poems. "Kaunis Saareni"-"My Beautiful Island"- and the singer was my father's friend Antero Launis. You can find it from Spotify if you're interested. "After this bipolar disorder thing in my life, I worked in Alko for eight years with no mental problems. I still have a normal situation going on, probably because of good medication. "I broke up with my girlfriend and decided that I have to accomplish my book of peace and love for Mother Nature. In that novel I told very frankly and honestly everything that I thought about life, me, humanity and the world. I told my story how I went nuts and survived. It is a love story and an urban fairytale, too. I've sent my book to twelve publishers and many said that it was really good, but that it didn't fit their release program. "Then I thought I wanted to help people, man to man. I quit my work in Alko and started to be a personal assistant to Pete, a 46-year old man who had MS disease At the same time, I finally had my first contract with a small publishing house called Reuna - it was only a two year old company. The publisher was kind of a soulmate and thought my novel was super-good and the story really interesting. "At the same time I tried to do my best in my work, but I had some chemistry problems with Pete and that's why I quilt my job with him. "I became unemployed for one year, but last autumn I started to study horticulture in Hyria in Hyvinkää. If I graduate I'll become a gardener, but I'm not sure if this is really my cup of tea. After all I just want to write, but because I am a new, unknown writer, I don't have big expectations that my first novel will sell much. "Pyrypallo" -"Snowglobe"- was my publisher's candidate to the Finlandia competition. It is the most valued book competition in Finland, but I wasn't chosen among the six candidates. However, "Pyrypallo" has been also sent to other competitions, so you never know... Usually, candidates are from big publishers who have more power to influence the market, so I don't expect too much. My message to the world? Listen to every living thing - you'll learn from everyone. We have a paradise here around us, if only we treat nature and other people with love. My struggle is to be always as good a human as possible. I try to be wise, playful yet responsible, caring and noble man. I want to be a loving and funny boyfriend to my girlfriend. I try to learn about myself and life so I would know who I want to be when I grow old. I'm now 34-year old." This is my 81st submission to The Human Family group. Visit the group here to see more portraits and stories: www.flickr.com/groups/thehumanfamily.



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