“Travelling is a brutality. It Forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” ~ Cesare Pavese
I first came across the word lifestyle design in 2011, from Timothy Ferriss’ The Four Hour Work Week. I have also utilised Daren Hardy’s Design the Best 10 Years of Your Life in 2010. But I guess the actual conceptualisation stage came during the 3 months of 3 summers when I was alone.
For the 3 summers spent in New Zealand, I chose to go to a faraway town/city from Palmerston North. In fact, I barely know anyone in those areas who are within 1 hour drive from my place. It was really pack my bag and go to a foreign location kind of feeling.
During these 9 months of being really alone, I learnt to enjoy the peacefulness and calmness in solitary. Since there are no internet connections where I stayed, I spent a good number of weekends staying in to read, reflect upon my life, give thanks and meditate.
Guess this is where I refined on my lifestyle design plans, or whatever terms it was called then. Since New Zealand summer was from December to February, it falls nicely during the time where I write my gratitude list, New Year goals, long term plans, bucket list, etc.
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