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The big question …

How do you define yourself. The way other people see you, the way you want friends to see who you are, the way you were brought up to think you are or is it simply the way you want to see yourself.

We all carry a backpack filled with thoughts about ourselves, thoughts that were given to us by parents, family, friends, society and the way that was socially accepted at that time. Today science suggests that you are the one you tell yourself you are.

Daily Mail wrote an article telling us that new test backs up theory that the world doesn’t exist until we look at it. According a famous theory in quantum mechanics which argues that a particle’s past behaviour changes based on what we see. Scientists have now performed a new experiment proving this theory to be true on the scale of atoms. Is that thought applicable to how our mind works?

Do consciousness and thought create and change reality? Well, there are scientists who suggest the answer is Yes. You just do a search on the words ‘science reality thoughts’ and you will find tons of articles on the subject.

In order to understand who you are and who you want to be there is required a sense of consciousness. Being conscious abaut your values and to live your life accordingly. Always remember that action speaks louder than words.

Barret Values Centre has an interesting, and free of charge, Personal Value Assessment (PVA). Your values reflect what is important to you. They are a shorthand way of describing your motivations, and together with your beliefs they are the causal actors that drive your decision-making.

Living a life means constant change and adaption. That doesn’t mean your core values have to change. Or they have to because you get to know yourself and life around you better. And wiser.

Yesterday I had a glas of wine at my favourite place Hagabions café. I ended up having a very interesting conversation with a young man, 30 years younger than me, about more or less everything. About life, how we live our lives, what we want. His life evolving wife, house, kids, work. My life evolving being single, grownup kids, planing a trip. He said You are so young in mind and heart, not like other people I know your age. What is your drive?

Curiosity. That’s my drive. The day I stop being curious that will be the day I get old.

Everything takes practice and action speaks louder than words.

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Courage …

Letting go and trust that your wings will carry you. That’s courage.

Today I’m courageous. Today I’m terrified. Today I’m the happiest girl in the world. Isn’t that amazing how all those feelings melt into one. One big grand emotion.

Someone else is going to stay in my apartment for a whole year, I have booked a flicght to my first destination and I’m sitting in my couch trying to comprehend the situation. It is really happening?I probably won’t be really sure until my flight arrives New York, John F Kennedy 9.25 PM 2 November 2016. New York, beautiful New York! How I’ve missed you.

That also means I’ll be on the road for the next 365 days. I just turned 58. For the past 58 years I more or less knew what would happen the next day. Suddenly I’m spreading my wings and I don’t have a clue what will happen tomorrow. The clothes I’ll be packing now are the clothes I’ll be wearing for the next 365 days. Give or take. That’s probably something most people in the world don’t have to worry about. What to wear tomorrow. They don’t own that many clothes so they won’t have to worry about what to wear tomorrow. That gives me a whole new perspective on how fortunate I am, being blessed with the level of education and wealth we have in my country. Sweden. That is probably the only thing I will be sure of for the year to come. The content in my tiny suitcase.

Courageous or not, I just have to keep track of one date. 30th of October 2017 I’ll open the door to my appartment after being away for a year. Hopefully my friends won’t have forgotten me. Hopefully I’ll still be in good health. Hopefully by then I’ll have a bunch of new friends around the globe, a mind full of new insights and experiences and my dearest friends will still love me.

More about what belongings I will bring in a future post. I will also be sharing tips and tricks on smart gadgets, how and where to keep important documents when traveling, about being a single traveler, how I got here and of course telling you about the trip itself.

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… a new and empty passport …

One day it just happened. I sort of surprised myself and did it. The thought wasn’t new to me but to actually do it?

Tuesday I quit my job, Wednesday I wrote an add renting out my apartment and a week later the contract was signed.

I’ve prepare a lot already. The apartment is sorted, I’ve had a lot of different vaccine shots against almost anything, I’ve got myself a brand new passport, insurance for the three fist months. Most of the important issues are sorted.

I have decided to leave 2 November 2016 and be back 30 October 2017. That is 365 days. The general idea is to go somewhere and find work. There are several world wide organisations where you get food and accommodation in exchange for working a fix amount of hours five days a week. And I’m more than happy to do what ever is needed doing. Hopefully that will give me the opportunity to get closer to the locals, to get to know everyday life and the people. I love that about traveling.

The question mark left is Where to start. East or west. I’ll figure that out.

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