May 9th 2018, the day I proposed to Aninda and she said yes. I know, we've only known each other for a short amount of time. But when you feel like reborn because of newfound love, you travel the world to see the person you love, you feel extremely happy when you're together with your lover and you feel like you never want to be apart, why wait?
My great-great-grandfather was known as an 'Empire Builder' and he did great things for Bandung, Indonesia. With this blogpost I will tell you the most important things that I know about my great-great-granddad.
Aren't you bored of doing nothing? What do you do all day? How do you cope with your current situation? - These are some of the questions people ask me on a daily basis. So with this '5 step tutorial-blogpost', I will teach you 'how to stay sane' while being bored out of your brain.
The sun is shining bright and I can feel my skin being touched by it's warmth. It feels great, but also makes me think.
It's early, 05:00 AM, birds just started chirping, which is a nice sound to wake up to. It's relaxing and it calms my mind. It's better than a loud alarm clock or something. I remember the time I had to get up at this hour to go to work. Sometimes even earlier, so that I could go for a short run before work. As a personal trainer it was important to me that I looked good, but also to be as fit and healthy as I could. I went to bed early, and therefore woke up early too. My biological clock is still the same, but the world has changed a lot.
Weekend! It's Saturday morning, 07:13 AM, and I'm already wide awake. I often get asked questions like: 'why are you already awake? You don't have work, you have no schedule, why don't you sleep in?'. The situation that I'm in with my back, keeps me from doing activities. I sit at home a lot, go for occasional walks and obviously don't use much energy throughout the day. So basically, the fact that I barely do stuff is the reason that I sleep so little. With 5 hours of sleep, my body and mind can recover just enough for the day that lies ahead.
I live in Hilversum, a small city in the Netherlands. Close to my house there's a moor, I used to go there with my grandma when I was young. And now I still go there from time to time. I go there on walks, to think, to 'get some fresh air', to enjoy nature and, of course, because my back needs a little bit of exercise. With my back injury I can barely do any sports. I can't even go for a run, which I'd much rather do. So walking will have to do, for now.
My life has changed, no doubt. From being active with sports every single day, to not being able to do any form of sport at all. I even made sport my job. I used to work as a personal trainer, giving physical training all day, everyday. I used to play rugby, which made me go to the gym often. Daily routines that I can't do anymore. I can do sports again in time, but never on the same level as what it used to be and no rugby. And with my current situation I don't see myself going back to the same line of work either. It's time for (more) change.
It's Saturday night and that means 'fun time' for a lot of people. People work hard all week long to spend their hard earned money in the pub or club. They post pictures of themselves with their friends on their social media accounts to show the world how amazing their life is. Life in the modern western world is great, right? No one has to worry about their safety and can do/say whatever he or she likes. Every one is used to the comfort our modern western world has to offer.