Man, I absolutely LOVE these interviews I have been doing with friends that I have made from around the world. They always remind me of my own stories and experiences I have had, and get me so pumped up for all the traveling I still intend on doing.
It is my hope that by reading these, you also have a similar desire to embark on your own journey and have your own crazy stories to share with the world.
Maybe skip that next Starbucks, or buy generic instead of name brand, and instead, put that extra money in savings towards a trip for yourself…that money starts adding up.
Even if you only want to go to a city that is only a 2 hour drive away, GO. It’s still traveling. It’s still adventuring somewhere new.
This week on My Friend, The Traveler, we meet Mike “Swiggy” Swigunski. We met about a year ago through mutual friends when I was in Prague, and he was teaching at a university there.
Swiggy has done quite a bit of traveling and living in different places, so he, of course, has a lot of insight to share with those who have never done much travel, or are just starting out.
Let’s cut the crap. Life is short, you have less time than you think, and there are no baby unicorns coming to save you. So rather than doling out craptastic advice to you about Making!! It!! To!! The!! Top!!™, let me humbly ask: do you want to have a year that matters — or do you want to spend another year starring-slash-wallowing in the lowest-common-denominator reality show-slash-whiny soap opera of your own inescapable mediocrity-slash-self-imposed tragedy?
This is the first paragraph of an article recently written by Umair Haque for the Harvard Business Review, titled “How To Have a Year That Matters.”
Before even finishing that first paragraph, I was in love. (With the article, not Umair - although I am sure he is a top-notch guy.)
I am obsessed with writing like this. The ass-kicking, motivational kind that doesn’t sound cheesy or fake, splattered with clichés - just honest.
It asks the straight-forward questions. The questions that don’t bullshit you, but just gets to the point and gets you thinking.
- Why are you here?
- What do you want?
- How much does it matter?
- What’s it going to take?
- Who’s on your side?
This got me thinking about a lot of things. About a lot of decisions I need to make. Decisions that will make a difference in the rest of my year, and possibly my life. (Woah, scary.)
My mind started racing like crazy, but it was the good kind that brought a smile to my face and a feeling that good things are about to happen.
However, if I want this year to be one to really impact me, and one that I can be proud of, then they are decisions that I have to make (or start making) NOW, instead of sitting on my ass catching up on episodes of New Girl and stuffing my face with yummy chips and salsa.
Don’t let this year be another year that flies right by you. Grab it by the balls. Show life what you are made of.
Make this year matter.
And you can start by doing yourself a favor and reading the article now.
"And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been."
Today marks the very last day of 2012.
To me, 2012 is also know as the best year of my life so far.
The places that I have been fortunate to go and the things I have been able to do…
I have rung in the new year in Prague, worked on a film set in London, smoked sheesha in Bosnia, snorkeled in the clear beautiful water of Croatia, and moved my life temporarily back to California.
Most importantly, I have met some of the most incredible people this year who have helped make it one to remember.
Each new year always seems to bring amazing and wonderful experiences to my life and I will be welcoming 2013 with open arms.
Happy New Year everyone!