Oh, how much time we spend on dreaming about going somewhere or doing something, and then think how far away those dreams are from reality, and blame the lack of time and money. Then you read from online blogs some encouraging words like “go and live your dream”, “what’s stopping you?” and “the life is meant to be lived”. Now, if I would have to pick a cliche line to guide my life, it would be something like: “Make every day an adventure (but it’s okay to have few normal ones as well)”.
It all started this year in January, when my long wait ended and I finally got to settle down in one place, after having a home in three countries for the past three years. Finally having my things in one place and not having my suitcase on a standby all the time, I realized that I am in a desperate need of spicing up my everyday life to compensate all the travelling I’ve been doing. After some thinking, I noticed, that there are so many wonderful opportunities around me, that I just have to go for it!
As a result of the new mindset, this year so far I’ve tried snowboarding for the first time at the Alps (the bruises lasted two weeks), I started swing dancing classes, boxing and yoga, started learning Italian, begun writing a blog, decided to be more experimental with cooking, started reading books again after years of “not finding time” to do it, and the list goes on. I do work full time, so naturally some of the activities will probably stay in the category of “stuff I’ve tried”. Though some of the things have made me discover new skills that I have, expanded my networks and became part of my life. Most importantly, I’ve been having fun and learnt new things. Life can be exciting and full of new experiences also from where you stand – you don’t need to quit your job and start it all over again to gather them.
I like being still for a while, build up my career and concentrate on my current relationships. For me this means that at this very moment quitting my job, saying goodbye to boyfriend and friends, and leaving it all behind once again wouldn’t be an option for me. I love travelling, I could never live without it, but realizing, that you don’t have to change your whole life and use all of your life savings to make life into an adventure is somehow a relieving discovery; even the smaller adventures make life exciting. Only thing to change is the mindset. Having some courage and trying out new things create an adventure – even if you would do it in your hometown.
So to wrap up this topic, I find it fitting to quote the wise words of Benjamin Button (I know, I’m the most uncool person ever, but that movie is awesome tho):
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” (The curious case of Benjamin Button. 2008.)