“I love existential crises and molars. I think they go hand in hand. I study dentistry so I look at people’s teeth a lot. I always notice their smile first. 

I think a lot of people are scared of going to the dentist because of the fear of the unknown. In the doctors, you can see the injection go into your skin, you can see what they’re going to do to you. But in the dentists your mouth is like an uncharted territory. It’s a void. When you’re lying there with your mouth open you can’t see what’s happening, you can only feel it.

Honestly, I don’t know about the future. I feel like there are so many things I want to do. I was in law school, now I’m in medical school. I want to be an entrepreneur and I’m an activist. I don’t feel like we should be choosing between what we want to do, I feel like there are opportunities at every corner and you just have to be brave enough to take them. 

I like to believe that there are a lot of things that we can’t understand. That gives us opportunities to explore. If you believe in one thing, and you define it as that, that’s your limits. You can’t go beyond it. The less you try to put things in categories, the more you understand…

Human beings are not categories, we’re spectrums.

I had a tough childhood. My parents are immigrants and during that time there wasn’t so many immigrants in Finland. I grew up in an isolated area, and I just didn’t feel like I fit in a lot. That kinda made me resort to doing other things.

I was in my own head most of the time. I developed personalities just to entertain myself. I read a lot of books and stuck to my little corner. I had to entertain myself most of the time because my parents were working and I didn’t have many friends.

Eventually I grew out of the social awkwardness when I moved to a different city. People there were more open and included me in a lot more stuff. So that started my How To Interact With People 101 course.”



About 500 Coffees ☕️

I'm on a mission to get coffee with 500 strangers from all over the world. I want to speak to humans everywhere about their lives and how they experience the world. And cafes are the perfect place for this. Comfortable, cosy, illuminated with a cacophony of other human voices. 

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