I’ve never pursued a career, always pursued life, and always will. I’m not rich with money, but I’m rich with happiness and inner peace–I know that might sound like bullshit, but if it does, give it a few years.
Don’t miss the 2023 update and motivational videos at the bottom.
Collect experiences, not possessions. Pursue what makes you happy!
What I’m going to tell you is not to boast, but is written in the hope you will pursue what makes you happy. I’ve not had an awesome childhood, so I left home at 15 and entered the military at 16, and never looked back. Left the country I was born in, the Netherlands, at age 19 (approx) and moved to Spain, which is one of the best countries to live in, for me, the sky is a different kind of blue here, unlike anywhere else, the mountains are so peaceful, the streams and canyons are absolutely beautiful.
I was a party man back in the days, a womanizer, and broke some hearts and I apologize for that, been an asshole too sometimes. Always been pretty mellow, and never felt the need to have my ego stroked, I am who I am, don’t like it? Tough! Met my wife in Spain where we had our beautiful son, and decided that Spain was not the best at that age, and it was time to go and see the rest of the world. We moved to Australia, Perth to be exact, because everyone said it’s so great, don’t believe them, it’s nothing but flies and wind! Spend 3 months there, moved on to beautiful sunny Queensland, met some great people, and established two great fitness communities. Australia was great for 14 years, then we sold everything like a crazy family and moved to Vietnam (we had our reasons, but this is not a book).
What an adventure we had there, spending a year trying to get accustomed to strange things, and trying to make things work, it was great, there are some great people there, but wasn’t for us, I like my freedom to do what I want when it comes to business. We then moved to Thailand because that was always our dream, won’t go into the details of why we didn’t move there in the first place, but it was like, what the heck, it’s next door, might as well give it a go to avoid the whole “I wish we did…”, so we ended up in Chiang Mai, wasted lot’s of money on what I expected, and again we decided that we needed our freedom and security (business/VISA). Don’t get me wrong, Chiang Mai is great, I loved it there, but it’s just not for a family unless you’re ok with not being secure and never be treated the same.
So back to Spain it was, and I don’t regret any of what we did, Spain is awesome, and I see myself here for many years to come. The moral of the story is, don’t get stuck in one place, just because you bought a few things, do what your heart tells you, do what you want to do, and don’t listen to others telling you that you’re crazy (they’re just jealous), go and see the world, you only got one life, make the best of it.
Little tip: something that can drastically help you to feel more free and mellow, don’t hold grudges, don’t tell lies, lies are things you need to remember all the time and will cause unpleasant situations.
Huge thanks to my wife, son, and dad for supporting our adventure.
2023 UPDATE: Since writing this we have lived in and explored Italy, Tanzania, Albania, and are now living in Greece with our eye on Crete or Costa Rica at the end of the year. Life is great, but we are getting to the stage where we would like to have a piece of land that we can call our own, grow food on, and turn into an education center for all the things that kids lack these days and adults are looking in regards to health.
PS. If you think it’s not as easy as it sounds, you’re right! But it sure as hell beats getting up and dreading each day. Talk to me if you want advice. No, I’m not a Guru, but I’ve been doing this for most of my life, so …
PPS. This was the short version, buy me a drink, take me on a long hike, go cycling with me and I might give you the long version.