A while back I was featured in the German newspaper FAZ with three other digital nomads about our location-independent lifestyle. The journalist that interviewed me read the story on my blog (Why I left my old life to kitesurf more) and quoted a part of it in German. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When she showed me the quote, I didn't believe that I had actually written it. I went back on the blog to check it and I did of course.
It was this part: "But to tell you the truth, the fear was there, it was there the whole time, even though I knew exactly what I wanted: fear of looking like an idiot, fear of breaking out of the society, fear of never finding such a good job and work atmosphere again, fear of having to return back home after a few months because I didn’t make enough money, fear of traveling alone through South America, fear of making a big mistake, fear of not liking kitesurfing anymore if I do it everyday. The list was endless."
I almost had to laugh out lout. Those fears I described there are so far away from my reality now! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Fear of never finding such a good job and work atmosphere again? I'm still freelancing for my old agency from time to time when I'm back in Munich and I love them. But I know I would find a job pretty easy as well if I ever returned back to Munich to live there again.
Fear of breaking out of the society? I've found my tribe, a completely different kind of tribe that I define as society now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Fear of having to return back home after a few months because I didn’t make enough money? Well yes, I keep coming back a few times a year because I just have more work in Munich, make more income. So what? I'm leaving again after a few months. No big deal. Still living the life I want to.
Fear of traveling alone through South America? This made me laugh the hardest. My fear of traveling solo is almost completely gone. It's nothing I would think about anymore.
Truth is, I have other fears now. And probably I'll laugh at them in two years time just like I had to laugh at the ones I wrote two years ago on my blog. When you face your fears, they disappear. New ones, bigger ones will pop up. But
The skyline of Cape Town and me ❤️
I've been getting some questions on how to learn the darsklide so I thought I'd just give a few quick tips. Since I'm always suuuper afraid learning new stuff, I took it verrry slow ;) This is how I did it, and it's for those of you who are just too scared to go for the whole thing yet.
1. Watch various instructional videos on youtube just to understand how you have to do it.
2. Move your kite slowly up to 12, power the bar and just try to lean over, extend your back leg and bend the front leg. Once the kite stops pulling/lifting you'll sink into the water. No pain, it's easy. (I face-planted here a looot in the beginning since I would do it with too much speed or I jumped off to much instead of just leaning forward). 3. Once you got the hang of that, try that with a more radical kite move, move the kite from e.g. 11 to 1 and then back to 11 (this helped me to jump back out and land, without a kiteloop). Try this when your powered on your kite, not when you're making it barely upwind.
4. I kept practicing that and love doing the Darkslide just like this. But of course the next step is learning it with a kiteloop.
And Bam, here you go, have fun learning! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📷 by @lifetravellerz
Life is so weird. So wonderful. So suprising.
To all of you who started something new, are hustling their asses off and feel like nothing is coming around, even not after a year or two: keep doing what you're doing!
Success (whatever that might be to you, some kind of projects, time, money, mastering a skill) really has a snowballing effect: once stuff is running, it's running and amazing things keep happening. But all the time before? You feel like nothing you're doing is having an effect, like it's just one fight after the other, somehow nothing is in flow.
But once that snowball starts rolling, you'll be amazed how good things fall into place one after another, in a speed that knocks you off your feet!
Can somebody create a review portal that exclusively lets me know whether a hostel has pets and if I am allowed to pet them? Because honestly that is pretty much the only thing I care about.
Pro tip: if you want to escape the notorious winds of Cape Town, the picturesque and colorful St. James huts provide the perfect shelter and offer safe swimming nearby! Have you stayed there before? 🌈 #SouthAfrica#LetsRoam (📸: @isthisreal)
It’s hard not to fall in love with Cape Town. The city is vibrant and you only have to drive a short distance in any direction to see the wonders it holds.
@giorgigurl acted as our tour guide for the day and took @michaelagriffinsmith and I on a hike along the rugged coastline.
Ending it at Sandy Bay, we did as the locals do.........
...... Besides, if you don’t go for a skinny dip, did you even really hike? 😂
We can’t sing papaya’s praises enough! This juicy darling is good for so many things: *Better digestion
*Helps with weight loss *Healthy for your skin
*Boosts your immune system
It’s a welcome addition to any bowl of Alpen.