While this blog began as a way for my to document my European travels and my photography, I have decided that it should be about so much more than that because (although it sounds lame) I am about so much more than that. While I often have trouble understanding what it is that I want in life, there is one thing I know for certain - Nothing makes me feel more alive than spontaneous travel; going to somewhere I have never been before and exploring, finding beautiful places and taking beautiful photos. While I like to take spontaneous adventures and travel to new places, I also like to incorporate spontaneity into every aspect of my life. But...
While it is accurately defined as 'performed or occurring as a result of a sudden impulse or inclination and without premeditation or external stimulas / having an open, natural, and uninhibited manner' this does not necessarily mean if you are having a bad day you should drop everything, drive to the airport and get on the next plane to a random exotic location. It means making rational, yet spontaneous decisions that open you up to new experiences, new places, new hobbies, new interests, new ANYTHING. It means filling each day with as many possibilities as you are given and making new possibilities when needed.
In the past, I have been a culprit of frequently complaining that I was 'bored'; bored with my current situation and my life in general. Until one day at the start of 2015 when it all changed. Everything changed when I realised that each day was going to pass whether I made the most of it or not. I also came to a sudden realisation that the past year of my life (except my trip throughout Europe, of course) had been dull, boring and entirely lacking motivation, excitement and spontaneity, so I decided to make changes in my life - I began filling each day with excitement and random decisions, going on adventures to new locations, for long drives to places I had never been, 'chasing waterfalls', climbing mountains and developing new hobbies and most importantly saying yes to all the new opportunities that I received. I felt like a changed person, but all it literally took was a change in mindset and the realization that life is only as good as you make it.
The sudden realization of how boring my life was came from my return home to Australia from Europe. For 7 weeks at the end of 2014 I travelled around Europe; during this time I visited 14 countries and made memories that will last a lifetime. It was when I finished my trip and made my way home that I was left wanting more - the 7 weeks away from my comfort zone is exactly what I needed to open my eyes to the real world and how many exciting possibilities are out there waiting to be taken. Although, 2015 wasn't all perfect; I worked full time in a job that I hated because I really couldn't find another one, but with every spare minute that I had I found ways to incorporate spontaneity into my daily life. Throughout the year I visited many different locations (Byron Bay, Burleigh Heads, Kirra, Currumbin, Lamington National Park, Springbrook National Park, Mount Tamborine, Gold Coast, Labrador, Toowoomba, Warwick, Spicers Gap, Melbourne, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to name the highlights. I also developed hobbies, improved my health and fitness levels and let go of toxic relationships in my life.
After a while I began to become uncomfortable in the job that I was working in and my entire life in general; I felt like I was going nowhere with my life and I had no idea of what direction I wanted to take next. It was an ordinary day when I decided to make the most spontaneous decision I had ever made and chose to move as far away from my comfort zone as possible and move all the way to Germany and live with my family to study and travel. A month after I made this decision, I went to the travel agent and booked my one way flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
And the story continues..