The end and the beginning

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Make every decision a step towards your dreams

For most of us, there is a standard set of rules to life. A guideline to life so to say. We are born, get educated, employed, start a family and wait for retirement. Not necessarily in that order of course.

There is no room for imagination or risk, all we know is to take care of our responsibilities and fit into society. Stay in the confines of security and you have no need for stress about bills, right?

Does that mean you have no stress in your current situation? Or is it just that right now you stress about the bills of others instead of your own? Or do you still stress about survival of you and your family regardless? Security does have pro’s, as well as cons. It’s up to us to decide which outweighs which.

Most people are quite content with the life of chasing the career, car, house… that is actually their dream. For some though, it is not enough. For them, even getting the better car, house or whatever target they thought they had, is not enough. Something is always missing. Getting stuck in a hamster wheel of upgrades and increases feels shallow for them. They need to actually feel like their life is making a difference, like they matter.

No matter where you fit in, you have a responsibility obligation to keep learning, growing, questioning and improving. Find what truly makes you happy, because as we grow, so do our needs. Of course, understanding the difference between happy and content is crucial. 

When people are asked what they love, more often than not (aside from the initial obligatory answer: wife, mom, children, or whatever it is they think you want to hear) it’s I DON’T KNOW. So, I ask… how can you be happy if you don’t know what you love… and not who you love, WHAT!

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A week ago, I was a frustrated aircraft engineer, struggling to make ends meet, and I found myself in an existential crisis…Wondering what the point of it all was. Surely my life’s purpose would be more than to just follow what I was taught to believe was my future? My reality was to grow old and die conforming to what was expected of me.Was that my legacy?

Was I happy? Not in the least. When I leave this world, would I have made any kind of mark? No way! And that led me to here…. to now…. an unemployed, hopeful chef, trying to change the reality the world perceives as normal. Trying to shift the world’s focus, and make a small difference in the process. 

Am I happy though? Undoubtedly! Nervous? Of course… in fact horrified. This could all be some kind of mid life crisis, I am well aware. It could also be an epiphany… and I owe it to myself to explore that possibility.

Nobody knows what the future holds, but it is irresponsible to let fear keep us from what could potentially be world peace? We are only limited by our immaginations. I know, that may seem ludicrous or absurd, but who knows what the future holds? The beauty of potential is that anything is possible and possibilites… are endless. So dare to dream, who knows, you could be just what the world is waiting for. 

So here I am, Aspiring chef and triathlete, trying to change the way we see ourselves and where we fit into life. Trying to alter the reality of the world, starting with myself.  Trying to make my mark on the world by creating what I hope to be a brand, a way of life… hopefully a new future. For myself. For you all.. and who knows, maybe even for the world.

I do ask though, that you give me a follow on this journey. I ask that you please give me feedback. I ask that you comment, I would love to have open discussions, learn about everyone’s perceptions, I’d love to learn from all of you, how to alter my reality. Evolve. Grow. And in the process, make my mark on the world.

I leave you with a quote that has been vital in my process… Paulo Coelho … ” and to those who believe adventure is dangerous, I say, try routine, that will kill you far more quickly!” from Manuscripts found in Accra.

23 thoughts on “The end and the beginning

  • 14th Aug 2017 at 8:13 pm
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    Without courage…we are nothing.It’s courage that catapults us into our fantasy world of truth. I salute your courage and I look forward to the new library of experiences that u will now be free to explore. How exciting, how thrilling and yes terrifying…but how exhilarating… you’re about to fly in a way to u never thought u could. Love u my Zaney

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  • 14th Aug 2017 at 9:04 pm
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    Thanks for the inspiration! Life is all about reinventing yourself, you sure know the possibilities are endless. Enjoy all of it, where there is passion there can only be a personal achievement and this is what matter most!
    Love to you and Stacey xxx
    Murielle

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    • 14th Aug 2017 at 9:37 pm
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      Thank you darling. If we can take responsibility for our lives, pass or fail, happiness is guaranteed.

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    • 14th Aug 2017 at 9:39 pm
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      Thank you, appreciate the kind words. If I can motivate at least 1 person to make a difference, I will consider it a success.

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  • 14th Aug 2017 at 9:45 pm
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    This is more inspiring then you know uncle Zane. I wish you the absolute best.

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    • 14th Aug 2017 at 10:00 pm
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      Thank you my sweetheart. Just keep in mind when you’re going through hell, keep going. It will all be ok in the end… and if it’s not, it’s not the end.

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  • 14th Aug 2017 at 10:04 pm
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    All the best with your new venture, dreams and aspirations…our dreams are our own, relevant to ourselves on various levels…I’m in Zanzibar right now, having read your blog, and we were just saying how there is so much more to life than the rat race we call our “normality”…I’d take this simplistic life and lifestyle any day over the rat race of “home”…i just need to find the courage!!

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    • 14th Aug 2017 at 10:12 pm
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      Of course, I know Zanzibar can have that effect on us. shuks for the well wishes, hopefully I can spend some time focusing on my training as well as growing this new venture.

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  • 15th Aug 2017 at 9:07 am
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    Wow! To really live is to find out what feeds your soul!! All the best on ur new adventure! Inspiring indeed!

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    • 15th Aug 2017 at 4:12 pm
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      Thank you, much appreciated. To live indeed feeds the soul, itis our responsibility to make sure we don’t starve it.

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  • 15th Aug 2017 at 9:16 am
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    What an excellent read … all the best , why dont you use your skills to train other people who would like to be triathletes …

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    • 15th Aug 2017 at 4:09 pm
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      Thank you, I am still developing those skills, a few more years with Nadi, and I’ll be sure to add it to the list of services available at altered reality.

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  • 15th Aug 2017 at 2:44 pm
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    Hey Zane. Long time!
    Wish you all the best on your new path, my you always have a light leading you. I’ve been on the path for a while now, moved into sports massage! Its not easy starting over but the hardest part is taking that first step.
    Congrats my friend … my taste buds are here when you need them!

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    • 15th Aug 2017 at 4:08 pm
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      Hey sweetheart, well done. Very well done. Hopefully your training is going as well. Thank you for the wishes, follow me here, I’ll be sure to add you to my ummm “test demographic subjects”. Look forward to seeing you again.

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  • 15th Aug 2017 at 7:23 pm
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    Strength and courage hun…. some of us are forced by circumstances to rise to the occasion.. you step into it with the bravery that you possess… truly a unique individual… a “rare ” bird indeed…. the Q.. u gave always asked me… what makes u happy?? And I have answered idk…. but each day… I ponder.. I search.. I have moments of happiness.. pure joy.. when I’m on the pole… and I intend to find more….. Let the adventure begin… love u Triguy 😘

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    • 16th Aug 2017 at 12:19 pm
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      Fantastic, keep searching for your happiness. The most important part of life is finding what matters to you… the best part is working towards it.

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  • 16th Aug 2017 at 7:49 am
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    WORD.

    all the best boss

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  • 17th Aug 2017 at 3:26 am
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    🍾🍾🍾🍾🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
    WELCOME TO THIS NEW WORLD THAT AWAITS US! NEW BEGINNINGS AND GREAT PROFITABLE AND PRODUCTIVE LAY AHEAD OF YOU!!! COMPLACENCY is not an option. You have dared to follow your dreams and it is attainable I know without a doubt! You are going to make an indelible mark in this world! You have my support 1000%! I am proud of you bro! Dammit! We should have done this a long time ago! But , we have now, so let the best times of our lives begin! Do your thang and rock this world bro!

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