“You see things and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were and I say, ‘Why not’? – George Bernard Shaw
Dreams often start with curiosity. You want to go somewhere, where you have not been. Or you want to learn something, that you can not do yet. You want to explore something that makes you feel excited from the inside out.
I think we are guided towards certain things. We all have our own special gifts and talents and sometimes we might not be aware of what our talents are, because we have not pursued them yet. And that’s where your intuition comes in.
Whishes from your soul
I believe dreams are wishes from your soul. They speak to you when you sleep or when you meditate or journal or while you are daydreaming. Your dreams are planted in your heart for a reason.
How do you decide which dreams are worth pursuing and which ones aren’t? I think you feel that. If you can’t let go, you know.
I always love it when people talk about their dreams. It’s nice to see how their eyes light up and it often leads to inspiring and ‘real’ stories.
When I travelled around Indonesia, I stayed in a small surf town for a few weeks. One day it was flat and there was no internet connection, so I went for a coffee at the local coffee shop and ended up talking to the owner. He told me about his dream of building kayaks. There were no kayaks around and he had never been in a kayak, but that did not stop him from building one himself. He then tried it out in a river nearby and almost died, but he made the dream happen and it made him excited. He then started a kayak company and his own coffee shop – another dream.
Or my friend in Nicaragua who discovered a passion for surfing when he was young. He had nothing, only a board he shared between some friends. Surfing is what kept him going. He became so good at it, that he won the prize for best longboarder in Latin America. He wanted to pass on his passion for the ocean by teaching surf. It was his dream to start a surf school and he did.
I kept on meeting fellow dreamers everywhere I went. People who left their home countries to start hostels in countries on the other side of the world. Travellers who left their home countries in search of wonder. A girl who dreamed of buying a piece of land in nature and start her own community and grow her own fruits. The travellers and soul searchers who had been travelling around the world for years moving from place to place, searching for that place to call home. The artists who pour their heart and soul into their art, trying to make a living from doing what they love the most. I think our dreams are the things that connect us.
Curiosity only does one thing, and that is to give. And what it gives you are clues on the incredible scavenger hunt of your life. – Elizabeth Gilbert
Using your intuition as your guide
My whole trip around the world also started with a dream. I was sitting in my room in Amsterdam staring outside my window and I saw myself living somewhere in a small town near the azure blue ocean, I had my own board and I saw myself surfing.
At the time I longed for a change and adventure. It felt like I was in the ‘wrong’ place. I felt disconnected from myself and my creativity. Everything inside me told me to go because I was not where I wanted to be and I was not doing what I really wanted to do.
I always wanted to do a solo trip and I had always wanted to improve my surfing, but doing it once every two/three years did not lead to any improvement. During my year of backpacking around Australia when I was 18, I tried surfing for the first time. Years later I tried again in France, Portugal and in Morocco. Surfing to me seemed beautiful and exciting. I loved watching surfers dancing on waves.
I read books, found movies, read stories of people who inspired me to turn this dream into a plan.
“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise” – Anaïs Nin
Making the dream happen
It was not really my intention to travel around the world, but I kept following my intuition and let it guide me from place to place. I wrote a story when I was away for about 6 months from Sri Lanka.
I started my journey in Costa Rica and nine months later I ended up in New Zealand. A friend of a friend who had also quit her job to travel messaged me about coming to New Zealand. She wrote how beautiful it was and at the time I was looking for a place to stay, work and settle for a while. I then asked my kiwi friend who I had shared a flat with in Amsterdam about this place and she wrote “Yas! That’s the town I grew up in, it’s the place I told you about, you will love it there”. And I booked my ticket.
Falling in love with New Zealand
She was right, I loved it there. I loved my time in New Zealand. This paradise island on the other side of the world, with dreamy green hills and friendly people. It feels a bit isolated from the rest of the world, but that’s what makes it special. It’s a beautiful country with scenic fairytale landscapes and more sheep than people. Life there felt easy and calm.
After all the wandering and moving from place to place, I could finally stay somewhere and make a ‘home’ for myself. I stayed in hostels and guesthouses for so long that I felt so happy to move into a house. Falling asleep with the sound of the ocean, surfing with my flatties, going on little road trips, working in a lovely cafe nearby and it was summertime. I felt so blessed to be where I was.
One day I was looking out of the window and suddenly it hit me: I am in the place I dreamed about. I was where I was dreaming about when I lived in Amsterdam.
Why I surf
Surfing makes me feel free and alive, I do it for fun. It makes me feel connected to nature and to myself. There have been many times where I felt scared and frustrated but I kept going and trying and improving and having fun with it. I love how surfing clears my mind and brings me into the moment. When you’re riding a wave everything else fades and that feeling is beautiful.
Following this dream was one of the best presents I could have given to myself because it brought me closer to myself. I learned a lot about myself, met so many beautiful people, made friends around the world, discovered a new passion and felt so fulfilled by the whole experience. Now it was time for me to return back home to the Netherlands.