The price of freedom Travel, adventure, flexibility, no constraints, no responsibilities or commitments, meeting interesting people in exciting places; many people see only this superficial exterior of the wonderful free life I lead. But my life is not that one dimensional. Even people close to me - very [...]
Do you recognize this feeling of being unsettled, restless, or confused? This voice in your head that won’t quit? Some suggest that the monkey mind is the inner critic. That voice is your ego, your rationality, your devil’s advocate. If you allow yourself to be guided by your head, your creativity will be stifled and you will not dare to let go. Sound familiar?
When I was younger, I used to be a vegetarian. I did not like the idea that animals were killed for my food. As I got older and especially as I was traveling more, sometimes it was easier to have a more flexible diet, so I became a ‘flexitarian’. This requires a certain numbing of the mind; to dissociate eating meat with thinking of where that meat came from.
Do you go to conferences to get inspiration? Or is your “inspiration button” always activated? Do you get more energy from the speakers at conferences, or from the casual conversations that you have during coffee breaks?
“Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater…” Sure, it’s expensive, but it’s also the most exclusive ‘unconference’ I have ever heard of. $10,000 gets you 4 days on a private island in Croatia, with 200 incredibly sharp and accomplished people, who have left their ego’s at home
Even if your comfort zone extends a lot further than many other people’s – as is the case for me – it is still a bit scary to get out of it. Somehow I have been extra triggered lately to step out of my comfort zone.
I used to think that emotions were annoying, useless and non-productive. I was so focused on achieving results, that I became a master in ignoring and repressing my disappointments, hurts, sadness and other negative experiences. However, repressing emotions not only takes a lot of energy, but it also prevents you from feeling positive emotions.
Sometimes everything suddenly changes. The transition from one state of being to another rarely seems to be gradual. I don’t know why the transition to something new is usually a shock.