I’m doing it again.. headed back to Europe, or more specifically, South Central Europe. Some call it the “Balkans.” Some call it “Ex Yu” (Ex Yugoslavia)You may be wondering why.. sure. I get asked that question all the time. ? Do I have family there? Why do I want to live in a place where earning potential is so dismal? What drew me here? Are you coming back? No, I don’t have family here, that I’m aware of. But I could say that Croatians, I noticed, like to think that everyone has family here. I do have some “vague slavic roots.” Fair enough. I’ll go with that. But it wouldn’t matter anyway. What I honestly felt most attracted to, was the language for some reason. The rest just kind of followed, and little by little I found myself drawn into this weird “mystical vortex.” I wandered into the bar you see above quite accidentally. You could call it a metaphor for the whole experience. Has that ever happened to you? I won’t kid you, or myself. It has not been, nor will be, all about the “unicorns and rainbows” experience. I had some days that just sucked, just like any other day here. And I had some fantastic days to make up for it. I also had some pretty ordinary days. Best of all.. I got to do and be all of that in a place that I really know I need to be in right now. My time in the U.S. is also “up.” It’s not a political statement, nor even about my heart. I just know, had these sense, that about every 25 years I need to uproot and move to an entirely different place. And I don’t know why, just that it is. Some would call this “courage.” Meh. It just it what it is, to be honest. Ok. the next question.. I know expats that get this question all the time, and it’s annoying, so I’m going to get it out of the way quickly: Why live in a place in which earning potential/prospects (in terms of the local economy) is so abysmal? I don’t know. Making US dollars and living in a place where the cost of living is so low can be a VERY smart idea if you can make it work. And it’s certainly do-able. I would even say for some, like those in similar circumstances to mine, it IS the smartest and most LOGICAL choice. (Note: smart choice does not, nor ever will, equal guaranteed success) Next.. What drew me here. No idea. Am I coming back? Short answer: No plans to. Ok, so this project. I’m obviously doing this for myself. Will there be humanitarian projects? Sure, why not. I’m an acupuncturist and there’s probably some opportunities to help Syrian refugees in Greece via Acupuncturists without borders. I also love helping vets, as I’m one too. There are vets in this region.. right around my age. They also served in the 90’s. Under entirely different circumstances. I suppose there are other things I could do in Bosnia or Serbia, but that is more of an economic exchange that what Americans would consider “humanitarian.” To be honest, I get turned off by the idea that any other country than the U.S. is in “need” of our help.” I’m there more as an ambassador, to cross-pollinate ideas and insights. Who knows. At the time I write this, my plate is already pretty full, and after this upheaval and exhausting preparation is done, I’ll be ready for just a little bit of time to recover and relax, to focus on me, and some other projects. But yes, there will be more I will want to do that is larger than myself. In particular, I’m lit up by helping others discover how the hell they can also make MAJOR changes (should they decide to to so.)
Granted, there’s a time an a place to settle in, relax, and not push past the comfort zone. You can’t have “yang” without equal and opposing “yin.” I hope to write about that within a year or two. But for now? I’m particularly interested in documenting this process, writing a book, (The working title is “This Ain’t Eat Pray Love”) ..sharing it with others, and yes, dare I say inspiring others whose primary value in life is REAL FREEDOM. I’ll be talking about these concepts in future blogs. Please take a moment to go to START HERE to get a feel for what this project is about. I’m not bullshitting you when I say I don’t want this to be all about me. I get tired of myself. I want to create a kind of community and see what comes up from that. Maybe we can all meet for a “summit about nothing in particular” over coffee or rakija. Tko zna.. Who knows. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][ult_content_box box_shadow=”horizontal:px|vertical:px|blur:px|spread:px|style:none|” hover_box_shadow=”horizontal:px|vertical:px|blur:px|spread:px|style:none|”][vc_single_image image=”324″][/ult_content_box][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]
I especially have a soft spot for middle aged women who find themselves in a position of having an opportunity to RADICALLY re-invent themselves from the inside, or via external circumstances, or more likely, both. Particularly if they are entrepreneurs.