Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This is not a Nike ad

I wanted to name this post 'escaping the madness' first, because I kind of fled to Italy to prevent a mental breakdown in the last week of my Summer holiday. However, I don't feel as if I've been running away from something; I've been running towards another thing. A state of mind, completely self-conscious and full of refreshed vitality.

Travelling without parents (or school guards) for the first time was an adventure. As it was a lastminute decision to hop on the plane and fly to marbleland, I didn't really get the time to prepare much, or let the excitement sink in. It was only when I stepped out of the railway station in Venice and absorbed the gondolas, the channel, the people, ... that I realized where I was and what I was doing. And I bursted out in laughter. Some heads turned and looked at me like I was a total lunatic. But maybe I am. And maybe that's totally fine.

The thing with mindful travelling - or seeking other kinds of adventure -, is that it's always lovely to think and speak about, but often never done. I used to be that kind of person. I'm a dreamer, a thinker, and mostly a quick decision maker, but often a coward, too.

After walking through the entire city, my feet sore and my hair tangled from the agitated wind over the water, I sat down on the (obviously marble) steps in front of the Santa Maria della Salute and thought: I got here. I bloody hell got here. And suddenly, all my worries just faded. I could get anywhere. Life is as simple as that. You can get anywhere, as long as you just do it. And feel free to paint a swoosh on my forehead now, but I literally think that is just the answer to the bunch of cowardice I have faced in the past.

Of course life will give you lemons. It will give you an abundance of them. The thing is, if you want grapefruit instead, go get yourself grapefruit then. Harvest so many grapefruit that the lemons are merely a priming coat to the pile of citrus you're building. Accept the shit you get in life, then leave it, cover it with hundreds of beautiful moments and joyful things. Make your pile of citrus so high that no one cares about your bottom of bitter lemons.

To just do it means to never doubt your abilities or guts. If you want something, go get it, no matter where life plants you of what you believe people might say. After all, adventures are never an escape, they're a treasure hunt.


1 comment

  1. Love this post! It makes you think about all your dreams and about chasing them! So cool that you just did what you wanted at that moment.


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