Here I am at Schiphol airport; the weather is dark, so you also have kind of a dark impression of me… Anyway, this is me.
I’ve been here for the last three days, from Thursday onwards, as a way of releasing the stress of packing and of everything I needed to organize and think about.
That has been a good idea.
But before I got here… Oh my God… Haha!
I had totally miscalculated how much I still had to do before leaving, so as a result I’ve been working on Wednesday to Thursday all night long, non-stop… But in a weird way -although there was kind of a pressure- I was never really stressed or freaked out, I just continued working as in a kind of hypnotic state, yet very clear in my mind and feeling vaguely happy and trance-like. And I got everything done!
On my last day at home (on Wednesday that was) I also got some friends for a visit, which was a nice break inbetween running back and forth; one actually helped me with a few things in the evening, which was nice and very useful, thanks!
In the morning of Thursday a good friend of mine came to pick me up to put me on a direct train to Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands.
It was only at that moment that I realized that everything had been done and that I had to say bye-bye to my appartment, that I really got the feeling that this was real, that I would indeed be leaving my normal daily life for half a year, and God knows how I will get back, with such a load of impressions and experiences? Who will I be by then? What will have changed?
I like those moments, because they touch at something very essential in my life, that is the transient nature of life, of birth, death and rebirth, of saying hello and good-bye; that is the fact that everything passes away, whatever we think is permanent, there’s always this little sentence that Osho often used in his talks: “This too will pass”.
In the passed three days I met some very good friends of mine here at Schiphol and in Amsterdam, and had a great time talking and relaxing, although I did use yesterday during the day to organize my iPad and find out what a deliciously useful thing that is, also using iCloud, Dropbox, Airdrop and all those things that I didn’t know anything about not so long ago…
I love it, but I also have to take care not to get lost too much in my mind and in the addictive tendency that so many of those exciting new apps and programs and thingies have…
It’s always about from time to time returning to the heart, breathing deeply, going out, fresh air, some movement and grounding myself again in the depth and quiet of mother earth. We tend to forget that, but it’s essential for having a fulfilling life and doing what we have to do in this life as a kind of “holy mission”.
And now it’s my last evening and night on dutch soil; tomorrow morning (Sunday) I will be leaving for South-Africa, Johannesburg (10h50 flight), and then on Monday morning on to Durban, for a week’s stay at a nice bed and breakfast.
So now my adventure is really starting, and I invite you all to live it with me and go on this incredible worldtrip with me, that not so many among us are able to travel. I hope you will be able to see what I see, hear what I hear, feel what I feel…
I love you with all my heart,
Nico – Traveller of The Earth
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