I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.
During the last eight months in Switzerland I restored social connections, transitioned into a more sustainable lifestyle and partially participated in a common worker’s lifestyle. Sometimes it feels as though we’re punished for chronic deceitfulness by being compelled to roll the proverbial boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and repeat this action forever. What I mean is that the random Zeitgeist around us becomes the only reality we see after a certain time and therefore the need to leave conformity has to be repetitive just to stay focused.
In some sense I did achieve progress by finding the pillars for a new lifestyle. A lifestyle that seeks happiness through conscious awareness. Defining and working towards my own life goals. The fundamental idea became the continuous improvement of understanding the world through science. As I am unable to find happiness in a routine office job, I became quiet satisfied as a freelancer with time on my hands for self improvement. This job allowed me to become a kind of social chameleon: observing and interacting with all kinds of cultures and subcultures within my native country. There won’t be any stereotypes left after you experience the variety of your own brothers and sisters with an open mind for interchange. After talking to many friends and strangers about life goals and happiness, I will claim that the majority is not only unhappy, but even depressed about their own lifestyle and the cultural influences on them. That said, the struggle for change seems to become a rising issue. Not fearing change, celebrating it even, became my own transition to a healthier stage of well-being!
Distance from conformity and other perspectives seems now so crucial to keep an open mind. Therefore, my master plan offers the idea of leaving the European winter months to go explore and learn new things once more. Options to do so appeared and disappeared; where to go isn’t the main question for me any longer, just as long as it promises new perspectives.
The departure date is now set on the 2nd of December. The direction will be toward the South American continent. As I still refuse to fly (out of environmental reasons) the question of getting there was in need of some brainstorming. After a look-out for a sailing opportunity the option of a cargo ship came up and with some luck I even got a spot on one. The CMA CGM will take me from Normandy, France to the Caribbean Island of Martinique. Any onward travel and next destinations will decide themselves once I am present in that environment. It seems that with the planning of every new trip the effort lessens. By now I am satisfied with being on the road and following the goals I set for myself. A 40l backpack provides for this luxurious lifestyle.
Excitement rolls on, as months of adventures, challenges and experiences await me. I guess I will be back soon with new stories!
Rebel children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother your glory. – Russell Brand
I just want to mention once more the reasons for my choices of transportation means. It has a huge effect on our environment when we move around, and therefore the type of transportation device we use is important. The following graphs should give some intuitive insight about energy efficiency and carbon footprint. Educate yourself!!