What makes you laugh?
Michel Arriens: French comedy, my girlfriend Franzi, neverending / wonderful evenings with my friends.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Michel Arriens: At some point I want to roll across Germany. From north to south. Only my scooter, me, nature and how life happens. That would be something. It may sound cheesy, but in the big city I often miss the closeness to nature and to myself. Sleeping on brooks, being without people for hours and enjoying beautiful nature makes me very happy in my perhaps too romantic idea. Why haven't I made it easy so far? Time, fear of non-accessibility, of the unknown, perhaps simply lethargy. A dream that I will fulfill some day. Maybe...
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Michel Arriens: My greatest inspiration are and remain my parents. 28 years ago, they slipped unprepared into a new, different life with a disabled child. I was normal for them from the beginning, the arms and legs of the other babies they all found much too long. lol. Nevertheless, they had to and have always fought for my independence. They wrestled with schools, fought with health insurance companies and authorities and countered stupid sayings and looks. Fought for me to be able to lead a completely normal life. Far too often they thought: "WTF?" For them, it was never a question of whether they loved the "unknown" at first. To get involved in something new and to recognise diversity as an enrichment is an attitude that I have inherited and that I would like people to adopt in so many different contexts.
Every day I also learn from my partner Franziska, my friends Dana & Anki, from the activists Kübra Gümüsay & Laura Gehlhaar, my BKMF sparring partner Patricia Carl, activist Raul Krauthausen and from the world, which as you know is not a pony farm. Thank you that you exist. You rock! :-)
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Michel Arriens: Accessibility. In all areas. For all people. As a duty! (and also otherwise I would hit more often on the table and represent more radical, more democratic opinions)