Moment of awesome
I keep pinching myself about what happened last Friday. Somewhat randomly, I managed to get tickets to a live Podcast recording of the Tim Ferriss show in the Kaufmann Theater. Before Tim I’ve never had a true hero, let alone met him. I wasn’t sure how I was going to react to meeting him, but it turns out he’s a very normal guy. Although I only got to shake hands and quickly say hi, it was amazing to realize that in this day and age you can still meet your influencers. IT WAS AWESOME!
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For a few years now, Tim Ferriss has been one of my main thought leaders. His first book “the 4-hour work week” sparked the idea to give up my apartment and live rent-free for a year. The guests on his podcasts inspired me to write my book, and to quit my job to travel the world. To say that Tim Ferriss has had a profound impact on me would be an understatement. The day I arrived in New York I read his weekly blog (5-bullet Friday) that mentioned he was live-recording his Podcast in the city Friday 9 December. I tried to get tickets but they were sold out and was waitlisted. On a whim, I checked to see if I had been bumped up on the list when I noticed tickets were available again. In a heartbeat I got one of the last 4 remaining seats. My seat was way up on the balcony (I high-fived God from my seat!) but the theater was small enough to still provide a good view on the guests. After a 2-hour recording Tim took 30 minutes to answer questions from the audience. I sprinted down to get in line for the microphone, but just missed my turn. After the question round Tim left but I decided to walk up to the stage and shake his hand. Understandably, he was rushing to go to his next thing, but I got my handshake! Although I didn’t get to talk to him, I know what to do next time!
This week, I spent quite some time with my new friend Kaitlyn. We met through Couchsurfing.com (similar to AirB&B, but for free – mainly used by students and travelers). Kaitlyn is a very inspirational woman. Due to her diabetes, she was completely blind. Some of her sight came back so that now she has 30% vision in her right eye. At night she is fully blind. It didn’t take long to figure out she had bad sight. Within the first 1 minute of walking together, she had bumped into a light post, a car, and 4 people. I offered to guide her while walking and that made things a lot smoother. She mentioned that she didn’t want her ‘handicap’ to keep her from doing what she loves – traveling. Currently she writes for a blind people’s magazine in Australia and was awarded ‘blind person of the year 2015’ in Australia. I sometimes worry about what my next step will be or what I want to do in life. Meeting Kaitlyn offered a humbling perspective and made me realize how fortunate I am.
As mentioned in my last blog post my visa for the US was not renewed. After getting past the shock of hearing the news, I had to make a decision quickly about how to divide my last 17 days in the US. It was before long that I booked a one way back to SF. I enjoyed the city a lot and wanted to hang out with my Cali friends. After California I’m going to Vancouver, from where I will probably do some skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Looking for a next location to avoid winter, my little eye caught noticed of a cheap flight to Auckland, NZ. My old babysitter lives in NZ and she mentioned I could return the favor by watching her kids when I come over. I think it’s too early to say, but not having my visa renewed could have been a blessing in disguise.
Let’s see what the future holds!
Favorite landscape picture
View on Brooklyn Bridge
Insight of the week
— In life, you either walk through the garden or through fire. One thing is for sure, if you walk through fire you walk a lot faster —Read the explanation
This insight came to be during a Sufi Chanting circle. A good frisbee friend of mine recommended to join her circle in New York while I was in town. Being secular, I was a bit skeptical to join. However, I soon reminded myself my travel is as much a fun journey as it is spiritual, so I decided to go. After an introduction into the faith (summary: it’s a break-off of Islam) and some chit chat, the group broke out into a chanting session. It was a bit uncomfortable at first, but reminding myself I was there for the experience I soon joined. The lyrics of the chants did not resonate with me at all, but the act of chanting was very relaxing. It felt as if I was in deep meditation. After 2 (!) hours of chanting and 4 glasses of water to cool down my throat the group went into story telling. Yet again, the stories that were shared didn’t resonate with me as much – apart from the above insight.
My travels expose me to moments of joy and hardship. Although I’m only 3 months into my travels, I have noticed that it is in time of hardship that I learn the most and move the fastest.
A word of wisdom
“Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.”
– John Willink. Retired Navy Seal.
Favorite gadget / book / app / life hack
The cheapest Ice-coffee you’ll ever get: Double Ice coffee. While traveling, I’m always looking for a place that has cheap coffee and free wifi. This is the trick I use at coffeeshops:
Step 1: Get a regular size drip coffee
Step 2: Ask for an extra cup
Step 3: Divide the coffee equally into the two cups
Step 4: Add sugar and milk to taste (my coffee to milk ratio is about 1:4) – Milk is usually free in coffeeshops
Step 5: Enjoy your 4 hours of free wifi whilst enjoying your liquid ice coffee!