We all know this popular turn of phrase. It seems to come so naturally. Is there anything freer than a bird? How amazing must it be not to have these challenges, obligations, emotions? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just spread our wings and fly away, our earthly tethers removed?
The phrase has seen a bit of a resurgence lately. You will be forgiven for immediately linking it to American politics. But populist hypocrisy aside, I have struggled with this phrase a lot in the past days for entirely different reasons.
The start of a new year is always a time of good intentions. Just in my last post, I talked about making 2021 the year of engagement. The thing is, good intentions may be fun, easy, and feel good. But they rarely survive contact with reality. I would argue, though, that good intentions in themselvesContinue reading “The path to hell is paved with good intentions”
This year is drawing to a close, and so it is time to think about the next. Let’s not fool ourselves: the challenges of 2020 are not just going to disappear as we turn to 2021. But a new year always comes with an opportunity to set an intention, and I would like to suggestContinue reading “2021: The year of engagement?”
It could very well be that my death arrives after eating a poisonous mushroom that looked cool or cliff jumping from an overly ambitious height in an unknown, remote island. I am all for trying. I am curious about results, outcomes, discoveries, experiments, and explorations. The process of finding out or learning more is infinitelyContinue reading “How to get yourself to try anything”
Have you taken the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)? It is a simple, questionnaire-based personality tool, which uses your responses to sort you into one out of 16 personality types. In theory, you end up with a description of who you are as a person – often to a degree that can almost seem scarily apt.
Why is it that we shy away from complexity? Understandably, clarity is nice to have. We must make assumptions, categorize things, and avoid questioning everything all the time if we want to be able to live in any functional way. Yet it seems that in doing so, we so often miss the point entirely. AssumptionsContinue reading “Brave complexity”
Thanks to its many excellent content creators, YouTube has been an invaluable source of inspiration for me over the years. Looking back, there are five things in particular that stand out to me personally. Five videos that had a deep impact on who I am today. So I thought I’d share – and if thereContinue reading “My top 5 inspiring videos on YouTube”
When I first came to Bali, I called it “the Silicon Valley of Southeast Asia” in my head. Of course, this is not exactly true. There is no emerging tech-scene or anything like that. But the atmosphere was close to how I would imagine Silicon Valley, in a romanticized way.
Did you know that waking up early gives you a lot more time during the day? You should totally do that! Also, have you heard about the benefits of daily exercise? You should do that, too! What’s more, how about eating more fruit and vegetables, while cutting down on snacks? Get on it because thisContinue reading “You should do this”