Me, trying to remember what I'm working for. Discovering this: Imagine how wonderful it all could be! Remember the moments of bliss you've had - imagine what an immense feeling that was, being light, spreading light, like every one of your cells tingling with goodwill. This feeling that is too big just for you small human, when … Continue reading Motivational manifesto
I haven't written about my last few days in Thailand, let alone any of the last month. I mean, I was busy having fun and stuff, but that's not the reason I haven't updated my blog. The reason is that in those last days travelling by myself, I went through a mental shift that I'm … Continue reading The Mechanics of Happiness
I'm standing on about three centimetres of stone, pressed against the rock at about 18 metres from the ground, as Dave shouts up: "You have to turn around! Spin a few times - you know, like a ballerina!". Seems like I don't need to hitchhike to experience the thrill of the adventure. I am at … Continue reading The Mechanics of Fear (and climbing gear)
I made six new random friends since I boarded the bus in Jaisalmer yesterday evening. Within a few minutes, I'd introduced myself to the guys across the corridor of the sleeper bus, and my plan of having locals handy in case I was confused worked out fabulously. Plus none of us got bored, and I … Continue reading 10-minute-friends and floating thoughts.
I thought arriving would be more of a relief. Instead, it's the middle of the night, and I'm wide awake and alone in a shabby dorm (which is either overpriced, or the exchange rate has changed dramatically since 2014, or the rest of the place really is that great to make up for it). But! … Continue reading Orange Delhi night
This is what I'm listening to while writing: https://youtu.be/dnxCxHLAqn8 I noticed that I'm confused. Wait? I'll be in Delhi this Thursday? People had been asking whether I was planning on travelling ("now that you're not doing anything, really"). I wasn't. Now it's happening anyway. I was preoccupied installing myself in Berlin, which has worked pretty … Continue reading Noticing confusion: India? Again?
My final exams start in just under two weeks. Excellent occasion to write a blog post about confidence*. I’ve been feeling quite anxious for the last week, and am currently recovering from the stress I wasn’t even aware I was feeling (seriously, my body had to tell me). One thing that helped in the process … Continue reading Confidence, dread, and crisp-craving crises.
For those who don't understand German: I'm planning (and hoping!) to write an English post about Effective Altruism soon, especially about the problems I (still!) have with it and the things I nevertheless agree with in there. But seen that there's lots of English material out there already, I encourage you to look for yourselves … Continue reading DEUTSCH: Effektiver Altruismus auf den zweiten Blick
All of us know these moments when we look at what someone is doing and think "this is great! I wanna do that, too!". This ist he first time that I am consciously in the position of that someone. A friend of mine (Alex) just told me that he is going to hitchhike across Germany next week, … Continue reading Inspirations.
Well, okay, I'm back already. My post last week made me remember an article I wrote in Morocco but never published anywhere. Going back a bit further back, this will introduce and expand on one of my big themes: trust. Enjoy and discuss! (Seriously, I'd like your views: do you think I'm being stupid doing what I do?) … Continue reading How it began II