After a month of his unforgettable trip to Oulu, Nordic Thunder shares his thoughts on being a World Champion. Get prepared to go as Nordic as ever!
"It’s been a month since we were all together shredding in the crisp Oulu air, and not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought of you all. Returning home and to “normal life” after spending a week with you all wasn’t easy, but at least we have next year to look forward to!
The medics on site of the finals cleaned my wounds after the competition and told me that I would need to go and see a doctor. What do they know about treating an obviously infected air guitar inflicted wound? Well, it turns out they were right. I went to the doctor two days after returning home because my feet were oozing a nasty yellow puss. After the awkward explanation of how I hurt myself, my doc confirmed what the Oulu medics had predicted (that I had an infection, not that I am complete idiot). He gave me some antibiotics and then sent me on my way. Believe it or not, the wounds on my feet still aren’t 100% healed. I’m certain they will be by next August though, which will be just in time to shred them open all over again.
Aside from the battle wounds, life as your current world champion has been going good. I immediately looked at having the title of world champion as a job, with my main objective being to make you all proud. When I won the U.S. title in 2011, I wanted all of my fellow competitors in the United States to feel that the title was just as much theirs as it was mine. Now that I am the world champion, I want you all to feel the same way. I feel it is all of our responsibility to paint air guitar in the positive light it deserves. I’ve made a point thus far to fully explain the purpose of competitive air guitar to anyone who will listen. I’ve also made it known that I feel if the world treated one another they way us air guitarists collectively do as a whole, the world would be a much better place! I’ve said this several times, and it’s because I really do believe it.
I also want to take air guitar to places it’s never been. The first step in this direction was when I caught the attention of Rotary International. I wrote a blog entry for their website talking about the purpose of the Air Guitar World Championships. Rotary International is one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations with clubs in over 200 countries around the world. One of their main areas of focus (like ours) is the promotion of world peace. Rotarians aren’t our typical audience members, so for them to show some interest in air guitar has me very excited! My hope is that this will open some doors with like-minded individuals who care about making the world a better place, and to somehow collaborate with them using the power that IS air guitar!
I’ve been doing some thinking recently and have come to this conclusion. We’re lucky in that we get to look cool (really cool) while doing something creative and positive at the same time. I don’t think this is always the case, but it certainly is with air guitar. I think if we can collectively continue to show people that we can do something that positively affects the world AND look cool while doing it, we will become unstoppable!
YOUR 2012 Air Guitar World Champion"
Mon 24 Sep 2012
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