This year I decided to place everything in to order, what good or bad happened in my life this year. I think I’ll be very grateful for myself for putting everything on to paper as these things helps when you feel that everything is so so bad. In other words, all the experiences learn you something, either good or bad.
I am a few steps away from getting in to my second life quarter (yes, that’s correct, it means I’m planning to live 100 years, haha). Although I’m not afraid of middle life crisis as I think I’ve already pass it, right after finishing my studies at university. Wishes than was only material and accomplished fast. It appeared that these and comfortable life have no much in common with the real happiness. Material wishes didn’t disappear, they’ve just lost its weight and not material things raised its position instead.
That’s why purposely or unpurposely the previous january I held a wish to travel more. It was just a wish, but the day after we were buying tickets to Munich – unexpected trip to meet my beloved friends. The amazing thing – it was not my initiative at all.
So JANUARY was rather calm but full of hope. Although maybe not so calm as I manage to cut the the very end of my finger, while cutting sweet potato. It ended good! Everything healed perfectly and now it’s just the funny story to tell the friends. However it taught me a lot.
In FEBRUARY we were already flying to Munich. During trip I was still with a bandage on my finger, but that didn’t stop me from being happy.
In the Munich than I found a feeling of spring, a lot of sun, Pretzels with butter, Dachau concentration camp and its horror, huge portions of food, monastery, which crafts their own beer, people surfboarding in the river, cold potatoes and onions salads and of course beer, which leads you all the way while being in Germany.
But as I’ve already said on Instagram, I felt this city just a bit, as the core goal of this trip was to be with my best friends.
MARCH. I visited my dear friend Giedrė, who is currently living in Riga, Latvia. She showed me the best books and coffee places, as these two are the things we both admire. I’ve never been disappointed with Riga, but this time it appeared to me as a real gem! Also, I found here Rocket Bean Coffee, which made a new gastronomical goal to me – to attend one of their amazing brunches.
APRIL. It just flew without any big things happening around. In Lithuania word “April” also means dove, so it makes sense.
At the beginning of MAY I flew to Romania, to my first project about intercultural communication. After this project – I felt like somewhere in space – so many thoughts were hitting my head. New people who were with me these two weeks gave me loads of strong feelings and emotions.
I had an opportunity to meet so many vivid personalities under one roof! A spanish musician Ignacio with his philosophical thoughts, perfectly crazy theater director Alberto, my beloved psychologist Ayshe, very hospitable friends from Turkey: Berkay, Omer and roomate at that time Muge, charming Eduard, small, but powerful romanian – Elena. And not to forget lithuanian team, which was composed of very strong personalities separately, and pretty nice team together.
That’s how the May past – in an eye blink. With so many new things and so fast.
JUNE brought me to earth and painfully reminded me that balance, not hurry, is a life. I faced the health problems which led to restriction of some food. I couldn’t eat many of summer favorites – ice-cream, fruits, berries, also alcohol. As much as these things were not the necessity to me, however the social life became sad. I had always were thinking how to replace those things and live a normal life.
But now when everything is almost fine, I think it was right. The life told me in a nice way, that I should take care of myself. I’ve always had in mind that I would like to eat healthier. But haven’t thought that I won’t like the way I do that.
Sometimes people say I’m too careful about the food. But they don’t know that I’ve been learned by health not by the fashion. Yet still I’m so happy about it. Because it would be way too sad to live a life not using its full potential. And what a beautiful life can be, when you know what to put into yourself. This counts for both food and for thoughts as well.
At the end of JULY I went to Riga for a few days project. And I was a bit shocked how emotions can change the way you feel. I were eating everything, dancing almost till morning and it seemed that because of these emotions I forgot my symptoms. At the time it was such a mystery for me, but this paradox became even more visible in my biggest journey of the year in Italy.
So AUGUST and ITALY. I get scared a bit when I do meet this topic because friends know – I can talk about this journey for hours (not a surprise I’ve written 4 articles about it. This trip said me very clear: the limits of your possibilities are the same as the limits of your mindset.
Everything was possible: sleeping on the beaches or on the rocks with exceptional sceneries, every evening swim in sea under the night sky, travel around 1000 kilometres in 11 days (almost all hitchhiking), to survive 43 degrees with a huge backpack on the shoulders. Walk through megapole cities as well as small villages, explore life of the locals and talk with plenty of different people.
I came back with southern calmness. With the feeling that life is an adventure. And today I can add to this even more – an adventure doesn’t appear out of the blue, you should start doing things, even if just a bit. Because it would be more sad if that one life that is given to you, will be wasted doing your perfect career.
The beginning of SEPTEMBER – London and project about business and leadership. But much more than the project, I fell in love with the city, or more to say with England. I’d missed it, first of all – people and their politeness, their attitude to life, than coziness and architecture, and thirdly – food culture with a great diversity and a lot different coffee places. I use this city as an inspiration, because here you can find all the innovative ideas. What is left – to use those creatively in my own country.
OCTOBER. I’ve started dancing Lindy Hop. At first I was amazed by the vintage place in which the dancing club was placed. But now I feel in love with the dance as well.
NOVEMBER. The project “I’m what I eat”. The project about nutrition. It was the dream to attend this as nutrition and healthy lifestyle is my greatest passion. Although at first I wasn’t selected for it. When I expected the least, I was approved. I saw this pattern in life so many times, so now I’m learning to believe in life. It will make everything how it should be.
That’s how magical I crossed the boundaries of the Europe for the first time. I’ve made a passport in a hurry and had a day trip to small city Çerkezköy. The first big impression was their food culture. We saw food shows on metro Tv screens; we got full service of drinks and snacks in a small a few hours trip from Istanbul. When we visited the organiser’s home city, his parents hold as a great feast full such a lot of delicious things. And not to forget, there was a jug full of tahini every morning. I feel the consequences till now – no day without tahini.
DECEMBER. I finally got back to the Earth. I sprinkle a bit of myself all years round and this month my wish was to collect myself all together and devote for family and the closest friends.
This year’s goals and desires are the same – make an adventure out of life. Only this time maybe with more conciousness: without a hurry, giving time to admire things around as well as life.
„Don’t hurry, don’t worry, you’re only here for a short visit, so be sure to smell the flowers along the way.“