One week in this city feels like one year. It's been 2 weeks since I came back from my mini euro trip but time has passed so slowly. Mostly because work feels heavy but also because I'm so excited about something and just want it to start. I've started to follow some travel bloggers and tried to write down some recommendations on what to do and see in Japan, etc... But I love doing my own travel itinerary and just go with the flow. That's when the magic happens I guess, haha!
I started doing a lot of soul searching and thought of what I would like to get out of this life. I remember my guide in Bosnia who told me to always enjoy the little things in life and never take your freedom for granted because it's the most valuable thing we have. But what exactly is freedom?
We have so much social pressure on us that sometimes I think we don't make the choices we would like to make, but more so to please others and in that way we think we are making a free choice. For example - the pressure of having a boyfriend or be married by a certain age. If I'm 30+ then it'll sure be more pressured to find someone to spend my life with. We can also do the whole career thing or babies, et cetera.. List goes on. For as long as I remember, my dream has always been to see the world. I know this will sound really wrong and spoiled, but having this lifestyle has also made me sacrifice a lot of things. Sometimes I also wish I had a safe place at home, stable relationships and a good job. But then again... Would I change anything in my life? No.
From now on I will try to not feel the social pressure, to not put too much weight on my age and to always follow my gut instinct. Especially if it makes me happy. I don't want to listen to other peoples critique about my travels and listen to people saying "you're traveling... again? not surprising" with a sarcastic tone. I'm really proud of myself that I dare to live the life I chose, that nothing really feels impossible if you don't make it that, and that when I get older I will always be happy of the travels I did. I've already started planning my next trip, hehe.. I'd like to go to Ukraine, Russia, the Stan countries (at least Kyrgyzstan) and then if I have money and time to go to Georgia and Armenia. I think that would be my most challenging trip so far.