As I stumble to Enlightenment

Goal nr. 5: Heli-skiing down one of the most exciting mountains on Earth

What do you do when you´ve been skiing for 32 years?
When you´ve done so many slopes and all colors of runs that they all start to feel the same?

You go off piste.
Just to fiddle around a bit.

Until you see a video like this:

And you realize there is more to it then just fiddling around.
So you set yourself a goal of going heli-skiing in Canada some day.

The good thing is when you´ve lived in Norway for a while you meet people over 55 years old who still do this every winter.
Which is a good thing because it helps you understand there is still time to achieve this goal when you´re in your late 30´s like myself.
And you once believed things only went downhill once you hit 40.

And then comes another important lesson learned about goals.
Dare to share.
Because when you do, you might run into somebody who shares such a goal.
And since a lot of my friends are big into skiing as well chances are big this might be the case.

So this January I´m off with 3 friends for a 4 day training course to the freeride center in Austria.
Get the basic skills sorted out, see what else is needed and then make the jump to achieve this goal.

Life is great when you make it.
And when life is great, just try to figure out how to make it awesome.


Goal nr. 4: A 10 day silence retreat

This is probably the weirdest dream of all 31.
Then again, maybe not.
You be the judge.

Ten full days.
Of absolute silence.Silent Road
Of meditation.
Of just sitting.
For hours at a time.Sitting
And very little to eat.
That’s what I long for.

You may ask why.
It’s alright.
I understand that for most people this sounds like a nightmare more than a dream.

Here’s the thing.
I’ve been meditating for over 7 years now.
And the one thing that strikes me the most is the peace I find in just sitting and being quiet.

Dayspring Silent Retreat Center-Germantown, Md
I’ve never been able to do it more than an hour though.
So I’m curious.
Curious to see what 10 days of it would be like.
If it´s anything like this, it will be worth it.
silence and duct tape

Not goals, dreams

31 dreams, not goals.
While writing “goal” nr. 3 it hit me why progress on the writing of the series was so slow.
I don’t like goals.
Goals are corporate.
Remind me of bonuses.
Of achievement.
Of “going the extra mile”.
“Giving it not 100, but 200%”.
Wall Street and bankers. They have goals.
And they almost broke the system because of goals.

Dreams they have not.
Children have dreams.
Martin Luther King.
Richard Branson.
Elon Musk.
All big achievers.
People who seem to give it 1000% compared to the average person.
When in reality they’re just giving it a different 100% than all of us.
Slightly more unique, not better.

Dreams are softer.
Crazier as well.

Dreams have one thing in common with goals.
They also need to be turned into reality to enjoy them fully.

Goal nr. 3: My own company

Just in case you were wondering whether these 31 goals would all be about physical appearance.
They’re not.
They’ll be spread out over 7 areas of life.
7 areas that I learned about from Jack Canfield.
7 areas that I now know all need attention for me to be happy.
These areas are:
– Health
– Career/Business
– Relationships
– Financial
– Personal skills & growth
– Free time – Family time
– Community

There are many variations on these areas, for me these 7 work well.
Feel free to adjust to your own taste though.

Obviously today’s goal is in the area of career/business.

I have my own company.
One day.
And not just any company.
A very successful company as well.
One who has an annual turnover of more than a million euros.
A company that grows and expands.
A company that employs over 100 people.
A company that does good for other people.
Preferably something in the field of science and medicine.
Because I like science.
And I also like scientists, just don’t wanna be one.

I’ve always wanted to be the boss of my own company.
Until I realized that that’s useless.
Everybody can be the boss of a company.
What’s really important, and what I come to realize, what I really want is to be successful.
Not for my own glory.
To allow other people to be successful.

And that’s the one thing that I admire most in entrepreneurs and leaders.
The ability to let a bunch of people work together.
To be successful together.
To create employment.

And if there’s one thing we need these days, it’s people who create employment.

Those are people who died

For the very first time ever I had a year where death played an impactful role.
Sure I’ve had other years where people died.
It’s just that this year I’m truly touched by it.
My dog.
My parents’ neighbor.
And a 41 year old acquaintance.
Especially the last one touched me deeply.

My dog his time had come.
The neighbor was in his 70’s.
Some people say that’s too young.
I used to agree.
Until someone I knew well died at age 41.
Then dying in your seventies sounds like a good deal.

I didn’t know the guy very well.
A friend of friends.
Facebook friend though.
And because of that I actually got to know him quite well.
I even revisit his timeline sometimes.

And I cry.
Because of the joy.
His joy de vivre.
20+ year long battle.
And still smiling.
Still fighting.
Always positive.
Always doing everything he could.
Fighting til the very last day.
And unfortunately losing.

I guess that’s what hit me the most.
That despite doing everything right, you can still lose.
That life sometimes truly is a bitch.
Or an asshole if life’s a man.

And the realization I’ve got no fricking idea how to deal with this.

The only thing I can do is pay tribute to this wonderful guy.
So Jeffrey, this one’s for you my friend.
I know it’s not a lot, but If you can read blogs in heaven, realize that I’m thinking of you.
And that you’ll always be an example for me.
Especially when things go wrong.
I sincerely hope I’ll have the courage to stay as positive as you when times get rough.
And for that I am thankful to you.


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