Welcome back to Sweden, welcome back to normal life

As you might notice, I’ve gone full hippie in previous posts. Mostly, because that is pretty much what I did while in New Zealand (without the drugs and some of the more dubious hippie things). I’ve also changed my travelling habits a bit. Previously I would try and do as much as possible, while I now try to focus on fa few things at a time. (I think this is what I’ve been trying to communicate in previous posts.)

This of course means that there is less of new and exciting, instead I’m hoping to structure my life around evolving and exciting. Meaning that I will (hopefully) get better at the things I do, and share my experiences on this road of improving my skills in cool stuff. I’m right now in Stockholm in Sweden, working and earning money before the ski season starts. During this downtime I’ve had time to start rock climbing again, and also catch up on my studies (I voluntarily study language and math because it’s fun).

Before I start writing about any of these things, I have some thoughts about something I discovered through my ski seasons, habit building.


Happiness in simplicity

Focus and doing what you like

Last post I wrote how living in a campervan during my last ski season somewhat changed my perception on life. Living in the van enabled me to focus much more on the activities that I wanted to spend my time doing, and simply skip out on other things.

To say that this is something we should strive to achieve in our lives might be a bit naive. But the idea that a lot of things are unnecessary and that simplification is the answer is something I will take with me. This is of course a  cliché topic, and it’s something that I wasn’t taking to heart for a long time. My impression is that simplicity is something that is very easy to say that you practice, even though very few people do simplify.

To live more minimalistic is something I think we can definitely learn from in today’s stressed society. It’s something I’ve been trying to do for a while, but not really understood until now. Living minimalistic is not the same as living frugal. It’s the same as living with few interests.

[Insert arbitrary picture of my campervan here, picture is on separate computer, so have a kitten meanwhile]

For two months I was doing three things. Skiing, swimming and climbing (to some extent the skiing was two things, adaptive skiing and park skiing).

I have a lot of other projects and ideas that I would like to do. But for this limited timeframe I decided to not worry about them and solely focus on just these three things.

This enabled me to become good at these few things, like really good. (Ok, I’m not a good park skiier yet, but had some massive improvements).

[And I’m not good enough for badass pictures, so more kittens]

In a world where we increasingly have different success stories to inspire us it can be really hard to find focus and become good at something. Just committing to one or two things is really scary, because then you will become bad at all the other things right?

But what if you could excel at one thing  and just don’t give a *** if you’re bad at everything else? At least for two months, wouldn’t that be awesome?