Where do I go from here?
Where do I go from here?
My mind seems to be drifting more and more. Often I am not even sure where it is going, when it leaves me.
Few weeks ago, I took on a journey to the southern part of the Globe. (For me a long journey, since I live in the northern part of the World). I hoped my mind would go with me on the trip to the other end of the World. And I think it did.
I still haven’t figured out, if it is a problem with a wandering mind – and if it is: what to do about it.
I really like to travel. I like to see new places. I love when I see cities in movies I have visited, myself. But I haven’t travelled that much. For the most part of my life, I haven’t gone far from home. It is just a few years ago I went outside the part of the World I live in (Europe) to see parts of Asia and North America.
I don’t have the time or money to see every country in the World. But I have now decided that I will try to reach every one of the seven continents on this Globe. Up until now I have been in three of them. Hopefully I will have visited three more within a year from now. At that time – if everything goes as planned – I may be planning a trip to the one remaining part of this World, I still haven’t seen.
… At least that is the plan.
A few months ago I wrote that I had been “sold” by my company. I – and some of my colleagues – had to start in another firm. Of course it was a chock to get such news. And in the first days, we could only see all the negative things about this job change. After these first days, it began to settle. We got used to the idea, that within three months, we would be switching companies. The positive sides of the transfer started to push the negative thoughts away: With a new company come new possibilities.
I have now started in the new firm. I have been well received, and the receiving firm has made an effort to make me feel welcome. I have felt welcome, and I am glad to be where I am now.
Not everything is in place yet. But I am sure it will be.
Yet another year has gone and as earlier years I will try to think back, with the assistance of this blog.
It is easy to say, that not much happened in 2011 – at least not to me.
I did not write so many blog posts. Not necessarily because I did not have anything to write about. I just did not write much. Okay – I really did not have much to write about.
2011 started with lots and lots of snow in Denmark. And it went on for months. We usually get snow in wintertime, but nothing like we saw in 2010 and 2011. At the time I am writing these words, it is winter again in Denmark, but until now, we almost haven’t seen any snow. That is a bit odd too.
For some time now, I have tried to make myself more the person I would like to be; tried to get rid of some of my worrying nature and to feel more ‘in sync’ with the world surrounding me. Some of that has been a bit of a success; other is still work in progress.
In February I helped one of my friends move to another apartment, but other than that, nothing really happened.
We did however have some stunning morning skies.
March and April could have been more special. Together with a good friend, I had planned to travel to Japan. The plan was to see some of the most fantastic parts of Japan. But few days before our planned trip, Japan was struck by a very large earthquake, leading to a massive tsunami, smashing parts of the country – including a nuclear plant. Since this disaster struck parts of our planned destinations, we had to cancel our trip. Instead we went to USA, where we rented a car and saw some of the states between D.C. and New Orleans.
May – June – July … what can I say? I did not have anything to write about then, and I still do not have anything to write. But then came October … … and still nothing to write about.
I had planned a vacation in late October, early September. Or at least I had planned the time for a vacation. But I could not get things to work my way, and ended up with just a short vacation – and just pure relaxation, not any travel. When I read back in my blog, it actually saddens me a bit, that I didn’t do more exciting things in 2011. Other than the US travel, I have spent most of my time working. And of course it is fine to have a work. In the ongoing tough economic times in most parts of the western world, it is positive to still have a job. But it would have been even better, if I had had more adventures in leisure.
Maybe 2012 will be better.
It may not be a great secret, but I usually avoid starting a conversation by telling this, so even people who know me well might not know it: I really like tomatoes!
Besides sun dried tomatoes (which I really do not like) and pickled green tomatoes (which I can eat, but usually prefer not to), I like them all: Large beefsteak tomatoes, small cherry tomatoes, raw tomatoes, cooked tomatoes.
The best tomatoes are the ones who stay on the plant until they are red and eatable. Most tomatoes found in stores were picked while still green. They do not have the same taste as a freshly picked ripe tomato. But they are still good.
Fruit or vegetable? I say: both!
So now you know. 🙂
As written earlier, I have been working with things about me, I thought needed some improvements (and there is just so much potential for improvement in me).
One of the things, I have been addressing, is my worrying nature. I have been too good, worrying about things that never happened. And if they did happen, I worried about them once more.
I do believe I have improved greatly in that aspect. I do not worry so much anymore.
But after my holiday in The States, where large parts of the trip was driving out, without knowing exactly, where we would end up at the end of the day, I must admit to myself, that I still need to work with that.
All my holidays so far has been very planned. If more than one hotel has been part of the trip, I have usually known all the addresses, and the dates for arrival and departure.
But not this time … And I loved it! It was a fantastic way of travel. We did aim for specific cities when we drove out in the morning. So we got a little lost at times. But mostly we had not planned a time to be somewhere, so it was not possible to be late.
It wasn’t that hard for me to travel that way, so I have moved myself to a certain extent. But at times I was a little worried, when it started getting dark and we still hadn’t found a place to stay for the night. I still have some work to do there. 🙂
Why I like to travel?
Fantastic weather (often)
Work work work
Bad weather (at this moment)
Why do you ask?
I haven’t written for some time, mostly because I haven’t had anything to write about – which I find to be an adequate reason.
I have had a feeling of not being entirely “in synchronization” with the rest of the world. It is hard to describe the feeling, so I haven’t written about it. I had some trouble figuring out, how to get in sync – and if I really wanted to. Lately I have become more in sync again. I don’t think I have done something to get there, it just happened.
I still need some kind of Life Manual, because half the time, I feel a little lost when it comes to do the things, other people are expecting me to do (the rest of the time, I am totally lost). But that is not new. I have lived all my life, without any concept of how to behave. As I understand these things, this is just the definition of being a guy, so I probably don’t need to worry. 😉
Another year has gone, and once more it is time to look back. In my case: To look at the things I have written about in 2010.
I have not been busy, writing in 2010, so the retrospect is easy done.
2010 started with snow, and ended with snow. Throughout January, snow and cold weather was all I could write about.
By the start of February, I was really, really tired of snow. But still it came from above.
In February, I got another thing to write about: Finding my car on a train station, without license plates. Someone apparently wanted to drive in his car without paying the taxes, so he pinched my license plates instead of buying some. He was discovered few days later, but by then, I had bought new license plates for my car.
March came – and so did spring at last.
I did write some blog posts in April, but nothing noticeable.
In May, the winter was just a distant memory. Instead we got massive rain.
In June, it was summer in Denmark, finally. The kind of summer, where you can take ”postcard like” photos.
July was very hot! It was so hot, that I could not write about anything else.
August was a more normal Danish summer: Sun and rain. But still abnormal, because when it rained, it really poured down, and when the sun shined, it was so stunningly fantastic. No ordinary grey days, as I recall.
In September, I could write a few words about my trip to USA, where I went in the last days of August and beginning of September. It was my first trip to USA. I saw Washington, New York and a lot of security.
October came and went, with me just noticing the special date 10.10.10.
November had two events, I could write about. First I went on a small trip to the capital city of Germany: Berlin, where I had a fine time; though a bit cold and rainy.
Later the second event came: Snow! In winter time, we do get snow and cold weather in Denmark, but seldom so early.
December came; and with it, more snow and very cold weather.
That was it!