Tales from the Cocoon

Aug 10th, 2021

When I left home to embark on an adventure, the only thing I could think about was finally being free. Free from added sugar and excessive coffee consumption, but also from compulsions I had committed myself to over the years. Hobbies that became sciences and eventually took up more time than I had available.

The only effective step for me was to give up my well-paying job, my apartment and all the associated tasks, but also benefits of the sedentary world. So I packed my bicycle with all the indispensable things. And from my last paycheck, I bought myself a hammock with an over-tent, remotely reminiscent of a cocoon.

As the last years took the magic out of my life, I stayed at home day in and day out and lost more and more access to my heart. Only nightly walks and occasional mountain adventures kept me going. Had I not answered the call of the void that told me to plunge into the unknown, what drastic situations would have had to happen for me to change my life?

I don't know, and I don't need to know.

Because life is about finding a balance between the known and the unknown. I was trapped in the known for too long. It kept me in a vicious cycle that did more harm than good in my search for a meaningful life. So I couldn't wait any longer, got on my bike, and that first sunny day was the beginning of a whole new life.

"If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I'm going to do today? Whenever the answer is no for too many days in a row, I know I need to make a change."
— A famous computer guy

I feel and know what's right

So the first thing I need is the soundtrack of my life: