“Decide what you want in life and then learn how to ask for it!”

Where are you right now? What are you doing? Who is surrounding you?
Do you feel like you’re where you’re meant to be?
Are you happy?

If you believed that you could go anywhere and do anything, would you still be happy where you are right now?

It was meant to be a short stop-over in my life journey.
But I got sucked right in and ended up lost in amazingness for far longer than anticipated!

I forgot how exceptional it was to completely lose myself in nature.

I forgot how well you sleep in forests and how good it feels to plunge into icy waters instead of a hot shower.

I foraged for food and when nature didn’t provide, the bins of Sweden were overflowing with tasty goods to keep me well-nourished.

These are just a few shots of the gourmet selections Sweden’s dumpster’s provided.

I lived on my bicycle.
And even though there were some gearing difficulties, I had the means to go anywhere I wanted.
I was free!

Money was not a factor. I didn’t need it!

When it was cold, I simply had to pedal faster to move forward.
And at night, there was fire to keep me warm!

I had exceptional company some days.
And on others, I simply felt wild and beautifully barbaric in the woods.

I was on a journey of self-love and acceptance.
I’m me. If you’re not okay with that, then I’m okay with you not being in my life.

I was blessed in more ways than I can tell and God had my back, even my simplest desires were met!
From finding chocolate and cake in a supermarket dumpster to being gifted a beautiful beach house to sit and write in!

When I felt it was time to turn the next chapter, I decided to buy a boat.
I detoured a few hundred kilometres North to look at vessels and I found the perfect one.
A Magnifik Midget!
Everything about it was perfect!

I was so sure that it was what I was meant to be doing next!
After an epic cycle adventure, why not buy a boat and sail south to warmer climates?
After so many years on other people’s boats, it was time for my own one!
And this little guy was rigged so well that I could easily do everything from the cosy confines of the cockpit.
I slept on it (literally).

But I had a realisation as I swayed the night away in the gale-force winds of the picturesque marina:
I need people in my life.
And if a boat is to be my next chapter, I need one that can comfortably fit people aboard.
All the best adventures of my life have been with other people.
Solo adventures have been epic, but mostly because when you travel alone you meet so many more people!
(Yes yes, I’m talking about you!)

And while the little boat was perfect, I knew it wasn’t right.
Too much alone time is not good for anyone.
And in 2020, with all the social distancing and multiple quarantine stints, I’ve already had too much of it!
I think we all have!

People take work.
But what’s the point of living an epic life if there’s nobody to share it with?

Today I’m sat back in the Netherlands after completing the full Baltic loop.
I don’t have a boat.
I don’t know if I’ll get one.
But I am surrounded by incredible people.

I know I am exactly where I am meant to be (for today) and I am happy!
I hope you are too.

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