Today I would like to introduce you to one of my new favourite TED talks given by Mel Robbins, motivational and keynote speaker and creator of the 5 second rule. Let’s start with a quote from the talk:
“When you feel stuck or dissatisfied in your life, it’s a signal. And it’s not a signal that your life is broken, it’s a signal that one of your most basic needs are not being met – your need for exploration. Everything about your life, about your body grows – everything grows for your entire life. Your soul needs exploration and growth. The only way you’ll get it is by forcing yourself to be uncomfortable. Forcing yourself to get outside, out of your head.”
With this Mel is telling you that if you have an idea, how stupid it may appear or how infeasible it sounds, do it! But don’t think about it too much. You only have five seconds until your comfort zone steps in and forces you to rather cuddle up in bed and stay where you are.
There are many ideas that can’t be accomplished or even started in five seconds but if you just cling to the idea and start imagining it come to life, you’ve already overcome most of your doubts and inner fears.
Thinking about moving abroad? Hell yeah, why not give it a real thought! Deliberating whether to change your career entirely? Get online or talk to your friends and family to figure out options. Our lives are not meant to be lived in a rut. If you hate having the same kind of routine day in and day out, do something about it! Small changes can alter your whole perspective on life. Take a different route to work, have cereal instead of toast, talk to colleagues you haven’t ever chatted with before. It’s about those small and almost unnoticeable changes that really make an impact in your life and how you perceive it.
If there’s anything you don’t want to do to get you just one step closer to what you really want to achieve, get out there and just do it.
In this post I will be quoting the lines of an article that nails it to the point and that speaks from my heart. It is for those people taking the wheel, living their own lives and those that are not afraid to live the life they always imagined – sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.
“When it comes to embarking into the unknown, luck has nothing to do with it. So this is my message to all of those who have ever told me that they wish they could do what I’m doing, that they aren’t brave like me – if only they could have the confidence to travel and live abroad! My response is this: You can, but when it comes down to it, I’m betting you don’t really want to. Because those who you really want to travel abroad, they will travel abroad. Traveling abroad is more accessible than ever, and a person who yearns for adventures and new experiences that come from setting off will make it a priority.
If life’s priorities are building a prestigious career, building up a saving’s account, or starting a family with roots, cheers. If life’s priorities involve plane tickets, new experiences, or learning a language, salute. But the latter do not want to hear from the former that they have more luck or more bravery. We have chosen our priorities, just as you have chosen yours, there is no right or wrong, there is no lucky or unlucky, and both groups have worked hard to get where they are.
Recognize your priorities, follow them and own them, and I will congratulate you on making your dreams come true as you can congratulate me on mine.”
Some of these words may sound a bit harsh to you but I know for a fact that those that call themselves wanderers, roamers, nomads or the like face much more criticism for their lifestyle than those that have a house with a white-picket-fence, two children and a dog. So this is us speaking up for ourselves – no criticism intended.
Roam is for people who crave to live according to their interests and curiosities not chained by a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. For $500 a week, you can hop from Ubud to Miami to Madrid, with more cities on the way.
It’s different from Airbnb or any couch surfing service, it’s based on a sense of community and close ties to local communities. My ultimate dream come true! Roam has the potential to innovate in global housing in a time where an entire generation of young people is seeking global experiences more than ever before.
The platform allows travellers to book private suites on a weekly basis. The best part is that every facility comes with a cowering spaces – long live the freelance job!
So get out, leave the ordinary, live life one week at a time and sign a lease that lets you live around the world!
A beat-up old car, a few dollars in the pocket, and a sense of adventure. That’s all Tony and Maureen Wheeler needed for the trip of a lifetime. They met on a park bench in Regent’s Park, London and married a year later. For their honeymoon, they decided to attempt what few people thought possible – crossing Europe and Asia overland, all the way to Australia. It was too amazing an experience to keep to themselves. Urged by their friends, they stayed up nights at their kitchen table writing, typing and stapling together their first travel guide.
Now, years later, I am holding a compilation of their travel guides in my hands: Lonely Planet The World. A guide for the truly travel addicted, the ones with itchy feet and those that just can’t get enough of roaming the world. Tasting the world’s flavours, admiring nature’s wonders and feeling best at peace when they are surrounded by likeminded people from all over the world.
The guide consists of 221 country pages, 228 maps, 700 images and 1595. Whenever wanderlust gets too painful, I pick up the book from my shelfs and rifle through the colourful pages hiding adventures and limitless stories from faraway places. If you don’t know where you’re heading next, the guide has got your back. Just randomly open a page and find yourself admiring the celestial kaleidoscope of the Northern Lights in Iceland or Estonia’s thick forests, rolling hills, picturesque villages, sparkling lakes and meandering rivers.
We all find ourselves stuck in a rut from time to time. Going to work five days a week, coming home and passing out at 9pm because you’re so god damn tired. Weekends are full of paperwork and errands you have to run. Some of us even have to continue working over the weekend. The majority of people around me keep telling me that that’s just how life turns out once you start a full-time job.
That’s just not okay for me. I simply cannot and will not settle for this. Even if you are not like me and crave to find yourself in the work you do, I still feel that a little adventure never hurt nobody. So let’s make a pact to find excitement in our everyday lives! Here are my go to tips if you feel stuck in the life you lead:
1. Simply EXPLORE
This can be your neighbourhood, the city that’s just around the corner or a place that’s worth a weekend away. You often don’t need neither tons of money nor time to find a little adventure in life. Go for a walk or take a shopping spree in a city you’ve never visited before. Trust me, you’ll feel so refreshed and full of energy. It always inspires me most to go to a place that’s super different from where I live and just observe the local people.
2. Learn a new skill
Whether that’s a new language, a handicraft or something entirely different. Find a hobby! Something that you can look forward to and that sparks your interest. This year I decided to up my game when it comes to photography.
3. Try new food
Never had Lebanese food before? Scared of challenging your taste buds too much? Don’t worry. If you don’t like it, you’ll never have to eat it again. But not trying it is such a waste! You might discover that you love spicy food after all or simply be inspired to alter your cooking style!
4. Just be a little adventurous
Change your clothing style, switch to a new perfume, try out new activities or find a new workout routine. This can be anything that makes you feel better and brings a smile to your face in everyday life.
…there are tons of things you can do to find adventure in the ordinary. Even if you’re just running an errand the street you run along every day. Take a moment, breathe deeply and look up. You might discover sights you’ve never noticed before!