20th of May 2014. A day to remember.
Exactly one year ago I returned from the 14-month journey that changed my life in many ways. I learned valuable lessons in life while solo traveling the world and constantly adapting to other customs, people and countries. I am very grateful for all the persons that where part of it and made it unforgettable in any way.
During my trip I got to know myself as adventurous and changed my attitude in a more open way. I dare to say that the people that know me well will affirm the change of my personality.
It is very sad to realise that one of my highlights, a trekking in the Annapurna region in Nepal, has become the scene of loads of misery for thousands of people. Watching the footage produced by my friend Josephine is surreal and stresses the urgency to help the people from Nepal to recover.
One year later. The journey continues.
This time it’s about settling down with my girlfriend in Amsterdam and developing leadership skills while being a manager at an internet company. When things are not going smooth, I do think back at certain moments during my world trip. The biggest difference is definitely that now I’m building up a life where planning is key. Although this fills me with a lot of satisfaction, the drive to explore and the feeling of absolute freedom are still somewhere in the back of mind. Those feelings are even stronger when I eat some perfect sushi or dream away looking at photos by Jimmy Nelson.
Never stop chasing your dreams. Comfort zones suck.