Just a small reminder on some things which have a huge impact on the life we live and the one we may miss out while we are busy to catch up on a life which may isn't truly ours:
Stop living a life according to a list of things you need to achieve, made up by society, if it doesn’t serve you. Get married if you believe in it, based on love and an instrinsic motivation, not because it is something one does at a certain age. Work hard (yet still in a healthy way) because it fulfills you, not because you have to prove anything to anyone. Buy a house if you can afford it and because you always have dreamt of one, not to present your status.
Start to ask people if they are happy and if they say no, ask them what makes them happy.... you'll be surprised and they probably too!
Be the change and the inspiration you want to see in the world. Be, don’t follow, be you.
When I was 15 I wanted to travel the world. Which I did. It started with a sailing trip to Holland on my own after high school, followed by a 4-month trip to New Zealand, Samoa and Hong Kong when I was 19. It has continued ever since then, to all part of the world, mostly on my own, with a special focus on South East Asia.
I always felt a strong appetite to learn from other cultures and to seek the unknown. My travels have taught me to adapt quickly in situations that change unexpectedly and to look beyond my own nose. As well as resilience, and the right mix of focus and flexibility. I thought it has well-armed me to face life, no matter what.
Until I got diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was in August last year, after weeks of sickness and uncertainty.
Successful people agree; beside hard work, focus, determination as well as flexibility, a great sense to learn new things and some strategic planning, it also needed the right combination of connections, circumstances and a pinch of luck to get them where they are today. Whereas the latter is out of our control, is self-management, the right approach to get things done and our attitude entirely our own responsibility.
Where does it start?