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1 nov20191 Settle down! They said. I am not a tree! I answered placesLondon, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom It has been 9 months since I came back to the UK and one question that I have been asked many times is "Don't you want to settle down? Buy a house maybe?"In the last few years I learned I do not need to get to a certain socially-acceptable point in life by a certain age. There's nothing wrong with either approach - that's also a learning I took from people I met in my life. If you want to have kids by the time you're 30 - great and best of luck! The problem arises when it becomes a norm and the moment you're on the other side you're getting grilled about when you're getting married, having kids, or buying a house. Few days ago one of my friends asked me similar question. He emphasised where, not when, I would like to settle. When I close my... Comments (0)more...14 apr201914 The 2-year trip around the half-world naturepeopleplacesLondon, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom 14th of April will undoubtedly always be a special date in my life. Even 50 years from now, if I ever live that long, I will look at that date in the calendar and remember a small step for mankind but giant leap for me. Every time I think about the process that drove me to finally make the decision of my life, I am puzzled and surprised. When I came back from Nepal in November 2016 nobody, not even me, could expect that three weeks later I would be adamant to leave the job, the country, and the life I had built. It as a very special moment. I had a job offer on the table from a bank but between having a formal chat and them coming back to me I made my decision. Now I can be grateful for their undecisiveness or beaurocracy, whatever that is. Imagine if I hadn't had time to think!My... Comments (0)more...16 mar201916 A short story of identity peopleLondon, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom It's bloody right when people say travelling teaches us things we might never learn otherwise; it's true that it opens our minds and heart; it's true it helps us destory walls and prejudices quicker than melting icecaps in Antarctica. I spent exactly 33.38% of my life in the UK, 60% in Poland, and the remaining few percent in many different countries. When crossing borders and mixing languages one tends to realise that barriers we are all taught to recognise are disappearing. Suddenly it is not about where you were born, what language you speak, where your parents are from, or any kind of physical characteristic. Everything becomes much simpler. It comes down to the unspoken, unknown, and unexplainable energy between two peole that either puts somebody in your universe... Comments (0)more...10 mar201910 But sometimes they come back placesworkLondon, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom The second part of Peyton's drawing was a little bit more optimistic than the first one. "But sometimes they come back" is not perhaps the most optimistic quote of the century but it contains one ingredient we, as humans, desire every day - HOPE.When I left UK my life has suddenly became this crystal clear, turbulent, and compelling ocean of possibilities. Yes, that is much better description than just "flexible plan". The truth is, it was flexible. I always had some kind of a plan in my head. Where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do but ultimately the universe dictated all my moves. One of those plans was coming back to the UK, especially before the infamous Brexit, but I did not attempt to put anything in motion. Until the end of last year that is. I... Comments (0)more...15 mar201815 Finding soul in the (corporate) machine peopleplacesworkDurham, United KingdomDurham, United Kingdom Looking for the new beginningDuring the last 12 months I spent on the road I have been asked many times about what made me take a leap of faith in regards to my career, what or who was my inspiration, and how was I going to survive. It brings me back to one conversation in early February in the kitchen of the office of my previous employer. One of my colleagues, after having heard I was leaving, with no hesitation said he could not believe I was doing it, that I had some guts to go along with a plan like that, and that he wished he could have done something like that too.It took months of preparation and planning to make sure my risks were calculated, my future was at least reasonably safe, and my goals were clearly defined - foundations of a good plan!It is never easy to just pack... Comments (0)more...
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