Hi. My name’s Diederik.
Right after I turned 29, I quit my corporate job, sold almost everything I owned, and traveled the world for 18 months with nothing but a backpack.
It was an incredible collection of experiences and life-lessons, and it motivated me to create a place where I could write about it. I also happen to be an enthusiastic photographer, so that tiedsin nicely with my writing.
This website aims to inform about what to expect from a radical life decision like the one described above. It also explores the reasons why you should or shouldn’t consider doing it, and it delves into the lessons and insights that might come to you along the way.
The latest addition to this project is a podcast where I talk to people who’ve managed to make life extremely interesting.
The Polarizer? What’s up with that?
First of all, I think The Polarizer just has a cool ring to it.
A polarizer is a filter that can be applied to lenses. The ones you’re probably most familiar with are the ones on nice sunglasses. Polarizing filters can also be attached to lenses of cameras. A polarizing filter lets light waves of a specific polarization pass and blocks light waves of other polarizations. By only allowing the wanted light through, it has the effect of reducing glare, reflections, and making the overall image clearer. I love photography and I like my Ray-Bans, so there’s some connection.
At one point I considered going with a metaphor like: “Only let through the good light in your life, mannn…”, but nah.
What is this site about?
One of my greatest fears was ending up as the guy who died ten miles from where he was born without having gone out and tried to make his mark in some kind of way.
When I started this website, this was exactly the path I was on. I had the most soul-sucking corporate job imaginable, and every time I came back to my apartment, I spent the evening working a 2nd job, and watching Netflix or playing some Xbox for 10 minutes before falling asleep on the couch. I also managed to fit regular exercise in there, which was the only thing that kept me from going insane. I slept 4-5 hours a night on average.
I kept this up for three years or so. Then I quit my job, sold pretty much everything I had, and bought a one-way plane ticket. It was something I always dreamed of doing, and I finally did it at age 29.
I’ve lived out of a backpack for a year and a half, visited more than a dozen countries in that time, worked many different jobs, met many great people, and made memories that will last a lifetime.
If you’re a guy who always dreamed about jumping on a plane and seeing the world, you’re my audience. You might have other goals that are big and other people think are crazy. That’s what mostly the podcast is about. I interview people who are doing cool things with their one shot at life.
And that’s the thing I took away from jumping into this adventure without a real plan: we only get one shot. One chance to be everything that we possibly can be. One shot at actually doing the things you’ve always dreamed about.
The Polarizer is a celebration of that: casting doubt into the wind, and just doing it.
Tell me more about the podcast
Throughout the years, and especially the last year of traveling, I’ve found that there are many people out there with an interesting story to tell. The dude sitting next to you at the bar might be a rock star, a vagabond with a guitar, or someone who spends weeks underwater in a submarine for a living.
At one point I asked myself: “why not have these fascinating conversations with a mic present?”
So that’s what I started doing. The podcast consists of fascinating people with interesting lives and stories.
Some conversations will be motivating, some will be funny, some will be deep and interesting. The goal is to provide insight into how exciting and fun life can be in many different ways.
Look at it as “a light-hearted take on living an interesting life”.
Who are you?
I’m a guy from Rotterdam, The Netherlands, born in 1986 when music was still kick-ass. Pleasure to meet you.
I have a question or I have something interesting to say. Can you publish it?
Send a message through the contact page and you’ll always get a reply.
I’m triggered/offended by something on this website
I don’t care. Go look at another website.
What keeps this site in the air?
It is mostly a hobby/passion project kind of thing. I’m not getting rich of this anytime soon, which was never the goal in the first place (although admittedly, it would be the dream come true, of course).
Links to products are affiliate links. If you land on Amazon through this website, I get a little kick-back when you buy something there. This comes out of Amazon’s end and costs you nothing extra.
I hope The Polarizer will bring you much motivation, inspiration, and joy.
Have a good day, and thank you for stopping by.