University or Universe-ity?

During my travels in the inside and the outside world, my thoughts often go in a variety of directions. As things go, I stay little in one place, and usually in unfamiliar environments. As a result the things that make the clock tick at home do not matter anymore. The things I used to identify with, both negative and positive, turn out to be of little importance now. As a consequence there seem to be no limits to the amount of opportunities in my life.

Nevertheless, there are moments when I am thinking that I, for example, would like to study again. I love learning and a study environment can be very motivating. The thing that used to bother me though, is that there are always parts of an education that do not interest me. However, usually we tend to nullify this with the thought of what we get after. An extra couple of letters in front of our name, or at least a paper that would give another opportunity to earn more money.

Recently I realized though, why this thought keeps returning irregularly. On the contrary to learning by doing, travelling, talking to people, and experiencing the unexperienced, with a school education you know what you will get by the end. This is easy to visualize and gives a sense of security for the future. Moreover, because you are doing what is silently expected, the road is all the more paved and ready to be followed.

Even though, it all might seem obvious and safe, it does not mean that the options more obscure are of lesser value. We measure welfare with the amount of money that is being earned, the health of an economy by how likely people will spend their money, and intelligence with the amount of people acquiring bachelor, master, and phd degrees. However, what about all the things we can not express in numbers? What about the ability to love, the ability to change perspective, the capacity to self-reflect, and what about how easily you make friends and maintain relationships?

It is impossible to express this in numbers, but to me these qualities seem way more important than the next title I could study for. Whereas, the latter might result in that increased paycheck, the former is happiness. What is a title worth when you have no ability to self-reflect or maintain a healthy relationship? The end-result is an empty life with relationships that only exist because you believe in the same fiction. Titles, money and status are all man-made inventions leading us astray from what is really important. Sounds familiar?

This mindset I realized, I also see meeting other travellers. Currently, I have been staying more than usual in places with people from Europe. The subjects of any conversation happening, usually revolve around the places visited, where to go next, how much it cost and what you like most. Mostly supported with amazing photos. However, this is exactly where this mindset of looking for the expected comes back around. Before I would visit any of the recommended places I know what it is going to be like. The views will be amazing, it will be more expensive than a non-touristic place nearby and the local people will be aiming for my wallet.

Just like studying, travelling from one to the next touristic hot-spot will exactly be as expected. Until it is not as expected. And that is precisely where the real value of travelling or studying starts. When things do not go as we thought, we start to learn the things that are really important. The aforementioned self-reflection, changing of perspective and the ability to adept to unexpected situations are all provoked in moments like these.

So I ask myself, why the hell would I visit the next best tourist spot, or study for a master degree, when all the things that really matter are not directly learned in these places. They might be learned as a consequence, but just as well I might be looking for these situations all the time. In the meantime experiencing all the unmeasurable beauty the world and the people in it have to offer. Amazing friendships are waiting in all corners of the world, just like uncomfortable situations, making us a stronger and more confident person. Aiding us in everything we will engage in after.

True, it is hard to make a photo of all of this or to express this in any statistical form. However, the gain is literally of unmeasurable value. Where a master degree might cost 20.000 euros and tell you beforehand what you get, all the other things in life do not. They are also free. Any real experience does not cost money, nor does any real relationship.

I am using my traveling to get to certain perspective changes, to meet new people and to experience the unexperienced. Though, I believe all of this can be done right at home as well. I know that getting to these places for me was more about my travel philosophy than the traveling itself. This means that when I would apply the same ideas at home the result might be similar result might be similar. Engaging in new conversations, saying yes to the unknown and building new relationships can be done anywhere.

Why I Started This Blog

Hi everyone, and welcome to my third blog post. I hope you enjoyed my previous posts and that you will continue to read the ones that follow. If you have any feedback, in whatever form, I really appreciate it if you get in touch. This really motivates me, and helps me improve. Because, having an idea in your head and then getting it right on paper can be hard. Anyway, I thought the time to be right to explain why I started this blog in the first place.

I Like to Write

First of all, I like to write. To me it is the easiest form to express my creativity. During my years in school I had little problems filling pages, putting what I knew in to writing. Nevertheless, only occasionally I would write something for myself, a poem every now and then, or I would work out an idea, but never to a point where I kept doing it regularly.

Where, I suppose in my younger years I was not aware of what I could do with my writing skills, later on I just had too many other things going on to get my mind into a state where I could write. An urge developed in me nonetheless over the last year and a half. Where I would get inspiration and had ideas but still felt blocked to get them on paper.

In retrospect, I understand why this happened. At the time I was living a life where my work would always be at the forefront of my mind. Most of the things I thought of were related to work, my perspectives on the human body and mind, and on nutrition. Similar ideas still fly around, but now I identify less with myself as a Physical Therapist. Therefore, I feel fewer obstructions in my thoughts and I actually have more headspace to follow up on them.

Stream of Ideas

Also, I realized that the less I identify with my thoughts in general and the more I reduce the amount of things I do, even more head-space opens up. Consecutively, thoughts and feelings do not dictate my state of mind as much, but rather come in to being as a result of it.

Further, during my travels I felt a growing sense of connection with the world around me. I noticed that wherever I go people will tell many similar stories, even though they all come from different places. Regardless of where they are from, if they are rich or poor, healthy or unhealthy we all seem to be sharing this human experience of ours in the same world.

Therefore, I figured that my travels should not necessarily be limited to my own experience. Before I took off I really had the feeling that this should be my time, my experience, in solitude and disconnected from the rest of the world. Soon though, I realized that this is nonsense and impossible. I had no idea at the time that I would be able to travel exactly how I want and still share this experience. Where I used to disconnect from the things that happened around me, they now inspire me to express myself in my own way.

Everybody Does What He Can

There are great people around, both alive and in history, close to me as well as people sharing their knowledge, lifestyle and ideas through blogs, vlog’s and other mediums to let the world profit from what they know. Not everybody has the time to read 100’s of science articles every year, but there are people who do this and break it them down for us.

There are people sharing their lifestyle on YouTube allowing us to profit from their experiences and there are people sharing their recipes so that we can still eat an awesome healthy meal when you are without inspiration. In general, there are so many perspectives being put out in to the world, it is up to us to let them shape us in whatever way you want.

In conclusion, this bigger sense of connection led me to revalue certain thoughts and feelings. As a result, I feel more confident and find it easier to express myself despite what other people might think. At the same time I am being inspired by a variety of people and causes that actually motivate me to do the same.

To join in on this exchange, I chose to write here to offer my views and story, so that people can profit from what I do. I hope this will inspire them finding their own way in to living their own authentic life, from repairing cars to working in an elderly home, and from volunteering in a neighborhood to writing a blog, every single one of these things are equally valuable.