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Refuse to live a lame life

Traveling the world with a backpack is the most exciting thing I’ve done in my life. “Regular” life before that seems boring compared to it, but it wasn’t.

Even though in terms of work things haven’t always been exciting or easy (that’s why it’s called work, ya pussies), I’ve always made sure that I’ve had something cool going on.

Before my big adventure, I lived in the city and had to show up to an office every day. Between eight in the morning and six in the evening, my days were tremendously similar. And that’s fine. It’s how I made money to eat, drink, do fun stuff, take the occasional vacation, and eventually set off to travel the world.

The easiest way to wind down the day after getting home from work is grabbing a cold one, watch some Netflix, and play some Xbox. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and it’s a nice and relaxing way to chill out. I’ve done it many, many times.

That said, if you get into the routine of doing this every day, life starts to feel empty. The only thing you’re doing that’s somewhat meaningful is work, and the main reason you’re doing that is to make money to survive and do things that aren’t that interesting.

This is why people get bummed about about their lives.

The solution: do cool things instead

Here are some things I’ve done besides my job. Every second I’ve spent on these things has been more memorable and fun than sitting in front of the TV. Makes for a much better story, too.

Making music

Playing guitar has always been a big part of my life. Having this skill means I can walk into any open mic or jam and start jamming with a bunch of people. It’s been a great way for me to make new friends through the years. It’s how I met one of my best friends during my exchange study many years ago. I’ve also been in a couple of local rock bands. Some of the wildest fun I’ve ever had in my life.

Practice martial arts

One of the coolest things during my time of living in the city was signing up for Krav Maga. Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed for the Israeli Defense Forces. It’s a combination of aikido, judo, boxing, wrestling, and street fighting. You basically learn the most effective ways of kicking someone’s ass. Training is insanely intense (I’ve gotten close to throwing up more than once), and you will be challenged and pushed beyond your limits every single time.

It’s painful, hard, humbling, and very rewarding. Because of this, it attracts a certain kind of crowd. This stuff is not for weaklings and quitters. I’ve met some of the most interesting and nicest people there, both male and female. This goes for pretty much any martial art, by the way.

Being an entrepreneur

I started this website, along with other projects (including a phone app. Stay tuned for that, it’s almost done). Some of these projects have made me some money on the side, which is always nice.

Do it because you can

Remember, I am just another guy. There’s nothing stopping you from doing these things, and more.

You can go rock climbing, hunting, playing the drums, skydiving, surfing, power-lifting, painting, beer brewing, restoring an old car, trail running, mountain-biking, playing chess, learning to fly a plane, photography, cooking, Bonsai tree pruning… the possibilities are endless.

The only cure to a lame life is to go out there and do cool shit.

That is nothing but a simple choice. It’s easier not to do it, which is why many people don’t. Path of least resistance and all that.

You only get one chance at life.

Get angry, get after it.

About Diederik

Diederik is a guy from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He quit his job when he was 29 years old and traveled the world for over 18 months as a digital nomad and bartender. On this website, he posts his travel photos and experiences, records podcasts with interesting people, and shares his general thoughts.

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