BABY, I’M BACK
It is hard to describe the feeling of coming back home. After completing nearly 15 000 kilometers on the bike, stretching the limits of my physical capabilities almost on a daily basis, and being surrounded by something foreign ALL THE TIME, the return was truly magical.
I look at the map of where I have been in the past year, and the sheer fact that I have managed to go to so many places with the mere power of my own muscles blows my mind and makes me truly proud of myself.
Returning felt nothing like I have imagined it in my head. By the time I got home, I didn’t want a loud party, energizing music, or any people for that matter … I have chosen a quiet path in the forest, praying I would encounter as few people as possible. I was moved, I cried, but I was very quiet, taking in the surroundings with every cell of my body whispering:
“We have arrived.”
And I felt it whole-bodi-ly.
Without a shadow of a doubt, it was one of the most profound moments that I have ever experienced. But …
WHY DID I DO IT?
Even though I have asked myself this question many a time, I still don’t have a clear answer. I knew that I wanted a time in my Life where I would be completely in charge of what I wanted to do with my time. I wanted to feel a sense of freedom and connection to both Nature and myself. I also knew that pushing myself physically will open some portals, even if I could not predict where the trip was going to take me.
At the end of the adventure, I didn’t want to be on the road, yet, every day, I found enormous joy in continuing it. It was a way to refine the edges of my character, and it was a time that taught me how and where to become softer. It is hard not to see this past year as the best experience that I have ever had in my Life, yet, I knew I wasn’t going to continue it forever.
Some people asked me if I wanted to make this a lifestyle. The truth is, I was completely done when I finished. I always saw this experience as a way of collecting tools for my toolkit and now, it is time to implement them.
THANK YOU ALL
As my body is still recovering from all the physical effort in the past year, and particularly in the past month, I am slowly preparing a safe space for myself to start working on the books. I am trying to primarily care for my tired body while nourishing the Soul with daily visits to my favorite place - the forest.
But it is worth noticing that no great thing is achieved without the contribution of a greater group. And so, in this place, I would like to thank the amazing community that showed me support, love, and encouragement when I needed it the most. Yes, I pushed the pedals, but if not for the generosity of the people that helped me along the way, in a both emotional, financial, and physical sense, I simply would not be able to complete my journey the way I did. And for that, I can only be eternally grateful.
WHAT ABOUT THE BLOG?
I plan to keep you posted on the fun things that I am up to. My energy will now be directed towards working on the books, but I assure you that I won’t be stopping there. It seems that my adventure has moved the lid of creativity box, and now the ideas flow out of it uncontrollably and in great abundance.
As idealistic or banal this may seem, my Life’s purpose is to contribute to building a better World, and I will be putting all of my creative efforts to do just that. I hope to see you along this beautiful ride, because this journey called Life, never stops.
With all of my sincere Love and Gratitude,
Ola (and Fryderyk)