Getting used to daily life back home, that was the theme of the past few months. Settling in a trusted environment with friends and family around me was more difficult than I thought it would be. Immediately after returning home from my bicycle journey, an overload of physical instability came over me. Stay positive, I thought, everything will be alright.
I’m now writing from a sunny Cyprus. So yes, basically everything is alright again. I ventured myself into a nice relaxing holiday with my girlfriend Lisa.
And you might think, where does that guy get the money from? That’s not a very big mystery though, I have been doing an almost permanent job for the last few months. And that’s beyond my expectations because I had planned not to work permanent for the first six months after my arrival. I got offered a dream job that I couldn’t resist. Therefore, It was also time to break the daily busy working life again.
Reinventing myself. Enjoying things in a different way. The reason why I didn’t write a blog for over a month.
That I did not blog does not mean I did not do other things.
I did a lecture at a primary school. And two weeks ago, it was that official time that I handed over my bicycle to the director of Marktplaats (the Dutch eBay where I bought it). Upon arriving in Singapore, I was told that Marktplaats doubled the amount I raised for the World Wide Fund for Wildlife in exchange for my bicycle.
My bicycle has gained an honorable place on the Marktplaats office in Amsterdam.
I will miss him. But hey, I’ll find another second hand bicycle right?
A while back I gave my first official motivational speech. In such a speech, I wonder sometimes, what the reason is that I’ve made this journey and many others dream of it but can’t get to the point to do it? Is it a mortgage, career, interest, money or just the fear of the unknown?
How can I contribute and motivate other people to do what they always wanted to do?
When I started reading preparation material from journeys of those who did something similar, I thought that I would never do it that big. I saw barriers. But by reading more and more articles I began to understand something. Those boys and girls who cycled around the world are not superheroes. They’re just curious people, like me, looking for a fun interpretation of their lives.
The next month I will enjoy this vacation in Cyprus and some writing on my book. Here’s a sneak preview of what Lisa and I are experiencing.
Broiling, surrounded by cactuses, but tasty, as relaxing and to recharge.
My adventurous friend Erwin is preparing a journey to do LeJog (southern England to northern Scotland) on rollerskates. He’s going to have a hard play out there but I think it’s a wonderful challenge that I fully support. I would like to accompany him on my longboard, a week in Northern England or perhaps Scotland? But that’s for later in September.
And above all, I hope you enjoy your own vacation!