It’s been a while since my last blog post, but I have to admit that recently there’s been plenty going on at work and on a personal level. However, I guess the main reason for my short-term absence is the fact that I am still getting used to blogging and I still need to add this into my system. So, let’s begin…
Over the past couple of weeks I was busy with planning and executing a short trip to Bulgaria to do some presentations over there. The best thing of it all was that I was back on the road travelling. There is no better way of fighting boredom than going to a different place and changing the environment…even if it’s only for a few days.
Because travelling brings anticipation, excitement and new experiences that are essential when I want to recharge my batteries. First, the anticipation that always comes a couple of days prior to departure day already has a positive effect on me. It is a bit like the anticipation you had as a young kid before Christmas, before you had the chance to unwrap your presents. You let your imagination run wild and think of what’s ahead – you feel more alive and happier. That’s how I feel during these couple of days before my trip begins and even though almost everything is the same around me – I feel like I am almost in a different “power mode.” Second, the excitement that comes when you actually start moving from point A to point B is something that I will not substitute for anything else. I enjoy travelling so much – it doesn’t matter what means I am using to travel, in fact, the more – the better. In my case, I always have to get the train to reach the airport. The moment the train starts moving is a great one – I’d say that this is the moment when the anticipation reaches its peak and I feel more invigorated than ever. The combination of sounds and images during this train ride is a treat for the senses! The same applies when my plane is taking off. Third, the new experiences that come with a journey are what everything is all about. Meeting new people, exploring new cities (or new things within a city I think I know) and, most importantly, having fun and enjoying myself is the ultimate goal of the trip. And I always achieve my goal!
So, moving is living…and living is moving. A great saying I saw on a sign attached to a tree in Vitosha mountain a couple of years back. Later, I saw the movie “Up in the Air” where George Clooney‘s character is giving a motivational speech and he mentions that “moving is living…” Ever since that moment this turned into an advice, almost a personal philosophy which I follow.
I have to say that it’s paid off – recently, I looked back at my 2010 and the places I’ve been to and the people I met. I can say that the whole year has been one continuous and exciting journey, comprised of quite a few smaller ones. And I I have been truly happy during this period. A period that is currently ongoing – right now I am looking forward to a great holiday break in Bulgaria and then in January, my journey to Sweden will commence… And who knows what lies ahead for me?
In conclusion, I’d like to say that you should always look for the new thing, for the new experience. Otherwise there’s no point in travelling if you go to the same places and meet the same people all the time. Sure, it is good to meet your old friends and go to your favourite spots, but in the long-term this doesn’t add much value to your life. Exploring unfamiliar places and enjoying yourself in the meantime are the two most important goals you should be aiming at. If you can achieve those – you will be sure that you’ll be living your life to the fullest!