1 Sep 2008

Celebrate good times!

Posted by walterheck

Today I celebrate the occasion of leaving my life in Holland behind exactly one year ago. I have never been happier in my life! I have done so many things I have always wanted to do, it is almost amazing. Click through to read what I (think i) have learned in the past year.
– Going out of your comfort zone every once in a while is very rewarding

– I am happy that I am a big scary looking guy, and have learned to make use of that in situations that might be quite hary for 20 year old skinny guys :)

– I appreciate life so much more. Especially at the collective in Alaska I really learned to appreciate every moment so much more.

– I realise how privileged I am to have been able to make the sacrifices necessary to start traveling

– one year is not necessarily enough (or too much) for me. Instead, I want to keep traveling until I feel satisfied with traveling

– I am horrible with money, but I can manage myself on a budget. In Brasil I lived off of 3 or 4 euro’s a day without any real problem.

– So-called ‘slow-travelling’ suites me much better than traveling fast. It is much more fun to really get to know the ins and outs of a place than to travel through 5 places quickly in teh same amount of time

– I need a purpose when I am traveling. Just traveling for the sake of traveling is a lot less fun than doing something worthwile (like e.g. the couchsurfing collective) I intend to find another volunteer position or at least go do something to make the world a better place.

– Anyone can go traveling, it is just a matter of getting started that reuqires some persistence :)

I am sure there is much more I have laerned in the past year, but this is what I came up with in my 5-minute brainstorm. On to many things to be learned in my upcoming travels!

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5 Responses to “Celebrate good times!”

  1. Definitely agree with going out of your comfort zone!

     

    Heydi

  2. I know what you mean, I have learned some of what you are saying hear as well this year by moving to another country for school.
    The beginning is the hardest as you are leaving a life behind you and starting a new one, that was to me very scary at first.

     

    Paul

  3. Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year!
    We were so young back then. Like…a year younger.

    Duuuude, I totally miss youuuuu. :)

    Dukie

     

    Duke

  4. All those things you’ve learned and yet you somehow forgot how to shave…

    Gr
    Ruud

     

    Ruud

  5. Hi Walter,

    good to hear that you’re loving your new life! I see you’re in British Colombia right now, for how long do you plan to stay there?

    I’m moving there for work this November and will already pay the area a short preliminary visit at the end of this month.

    Cheers,

    Yves

     

    Yves

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