Chapter One – The rendezvous

I am a walker. I am a thinker. I am an aspiring minimalist.

By ‘a walker’ I mean that I enjoy walking. Not in the sporty kind of way (you know, the race walking that looks a bit funny, no offence), or the zombie kind of way (*winky face*), but the way that allows me to air out my brain, and my mind to roam. Even though some of my friends find this habit weird, I think it can’t really get more normal than walking.

This leads me to the ‘thinker’ part. Either consciously or subconsciously, I’m constantly looking for reasons and logic behind the nature, people, life, and simple everyday things, while also analysing myself as a person. Due to the fact that I sometimes just zone out, I may not seem the brightest guy in town, especially to someone meeting me for the first time. You may say I’m a dreamer, but in this case I would rather call it learning. It’s just the way my brain is wired. I do dream, though. 

The search for reasons behind everything has made me who I am today – a bit less than a year ago I adopted a vegan lifestyle. I’ll save the explanation for this switch for a later time, but my life and the way I perceive the world were completely changed. My eyes were open at last and I was allowed to step outside of the box, seeing what’s actually going on inside it. And I didn’t like it.

The ‘western’ world is slowly losing itself in the void that is materia, technology and the internet. All awesome things, but the way we use them has made them backfire. And so, a couple of months ago I really started questioning the concept of building your life around possessions / surrounding yourself with them. Do I really need the chair I’m currently sitting on? Why do I own five pairs of shoes? Does owning things serve purpose in my life, and was using the Earth’s resources in the making of them worthwhile? Very often it’s hard to draw the line. While things like a chair and shoes can be a bit tricky, there are things we hold on to due to their sentimental value, or just for that ‘someday’. What I discovered is that letting these ‘useless’ things go is one of the most relieving feelings.

When it comes to the internet, I do see the beauty of it. Obviously I’m posting this blog online and I appreciate the ease that is connecting with people nowadays. But too much is simply too much. The constant flow of new information and trends online can get you quite hooked and wasting your precious time. Damn, Daniel. More and more was I realising that I was spending increasing amounts of time online, without it really contributing to my life in any way. Then something happened, gently pushing me onto a new path.

I stumbled on a group of people calling themselves digital nomads, entrepreneurs of the online world. These people make a living in various different ways, the key being that they do this online. What they have essentially done, is escaping the regular give-time-in-exchange-for-money scenario, while being free to keep on the move. Much of their income is passive, meaning that they have more time for their passion, although in many cases the thing they’re doing is their passion.

I quickly realised what I want to do. Instead of wasting my time online, I could minimise the worthless browsing and actually use the internet as a tool to express myself. Of course it would be just a dream come true, if at some point this becomes a way to earn enough to make a living without being bound to where I live, while doing the things I love.

Now, finally, where am I going with all this? Well, all this (plus a lot more!) is what this blog will be. This blog is about chasing a dream and about self-improvement. It’s about minimalism and veganism. And essentially it is an outlet – a way for me to document my thoughts. You shouldn’t expect absolute truths about life but just my perspective on how to approach it. The goal for me is to provide you with some interesting thoughts. Sometimes I feel like I should write a book to write down my thoughts, but since the idea is kind of intimidating, writing a blog like this feels more natural (not that I know how to write a blog either). I just don’t know why I didn’t come up with this earlier.

In the next post I will officially introduce myself as a person. I will tell you about my passions in life, and about how I’m going to pursuit the digital nomad lifestyle. However, if you made it this far, you already have some idea of who I am. As this is my first post, I would greatly appreciate any comments or improvement suggestions!

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