I believe that in every part of your life there should be a balance. For example it’s great to communicate with people, spend time with others but you must find time for yourself also. You should do some exercise, keep your body moving but not to an extent that already in your forties you’d feel an aching back and knees. Occasionally it’s totally fine to spend on yourself and buy something that you really want but you mustn’t forget your long-term plan. There are times when it’s great and even necessary to take a time out, relax, clear your head and just enjoy the moment while it’s also good to have periods when you’re giving all you have, focusing, thriving towards a goal. And so on and so on…
So currently in my life there’s a bigger change going on. For the last half a year my life tempo has been really relaxed and I’ve given a refreshing break and a new start to my mind and my body. Just a few days ago I took up a new challenge workwise doing something that really hasn’t been done before. At least here in Estonia. It will be tough but interesting and fun times ahead so I’m really eager to get going :)!
Always keep in mind to have this balance in your life. Being off-balance might not show in the beginning but after some time you’ll probably start noticing some effects that it has on your life – not only in that specific area but generally. Everything is connected and before we can direct our energy outside, we must manage our inner self 🙂
I know that Steve Jobs’ s last words were actually “Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow” but this story that has been circling around in social media and other places for the past several years really has a significant point. It doesn’t matter that it’s made up, the message that it holds is what matters. For those who haven’t read it, here’s how it goes:
“I have come to the pinnacle of success in business.
In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success.
However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed.
At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death.
In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me.
Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth.
It should be something more important:
For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood.
No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.
God has made us one way, we can feel the love in the heart of each of us, and not illusions built by fame or money, like I made in my life, I cannot take them with me.
I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love.
This is the true wealth that will follow you; will accompany you, he will give strength and light to go ahead.
Love can travel thousands of miles and so life has no limits. Move to where you want to go. Strive to reach the goals you want to achieve. Everything is in your heart and in your hands.
What is the world’s most expensive bed? The hospital bed.
You, if you have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you cannot hire someone to take your illness that is killing you.
Material things lost can be found. But one thing you can never find when you lose: life.
Whatever stage of life where we are right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain falls.
Please treasure your family love, love for your spouse, love for your friends…
Treat everyone well and stay friendly with your neighbours.”
Big shout-out to the person who actually wrote this!
This post might sound silly but based on my experience I’d just like to bring out and recommend Skechers shoes that I got before going to SE Asia. If to be honest I had never bought anything from them before but since there was a special offer and they were really comfortable I decided to try them out. And I’m really glad that I did! First of all they are really light, from appearance point of view suitable for a jogging track and also wearing with jeans in a more polite place but most of all extremely durable! Through our time in SE Asia and even now afterwards they have basically gone through hell but still look almost like new!
For example they have endured countless hours and miles of walking, running, playing basketball (which is really rough on shoes), being wet, being stepped on, riding a scooter (which usually just destroys the soles since most of the time in traffic jams you are slowly dragging your feet 🙂 ), jungle hiking, gym time, climbing on rocks and much much more. And since besides flip-flops they were the only shoes I wore on the trip for a half a year in a row you can believe what I say. Skechers shoes might not be the cheapest ones but the quality is definitely worth the price! This certain type had special foam solution for extra comfort and honestly they are as comfortable now as they were in the beginning. Long story short – if you have never used their products, definitely it’s at least worth a shot!
Playing computer games can be really fun. Although for the past several years it has been not very often when I find myself behind the computer playing games (and mostly they are nearly 20 year old games like NBA Live 2001 and Colin McRae Rally 2.0) once in a while it’s still a great entertainment and fun way to spend time. Of course you must remember yourself not to get too carried away otherwise you could just spend hours doing it. I must admit that as a teenager there were times when I forgot myself in the game world for too long – just one more hour.. and then one more hour :).
A while back I discovered Facebook Gameroom and especially the game War Robots. It just reminds me one of my favorite game back in the olden days – Mechwarrior 3. I must admit that the graphics and AI in games has evolved massively in the past few decades. I remember the times when you could get Doom 2 or Jazz Jackrabbit on a few floppy discs, now you would need tens of thousands of disks for just one game. But Facebook Gameroom is just the place for a person who is really not into gaming but would occasionally like to have some fun with simpler computer games. The choice is enormous and installing takes only minutes. Most of the games and perks are free but of course FB and game developers need to earn somehow so there are also many paid-for extras. Go and see for yourself!
Athlean-X is an awesome site that I have been following for the past several years. It offers a huge variety of different videos about exercising, nutrition and much more. And these videos are always backed up by a scientific explanation about how specific exercises effect our body and what we should definitely keep in mind while working out. I know that Athlean-X is represented also on many other platforms but I have always gained any knowledge that I needed solely based on their Youtube channel. It’s a good place to see when you’d like to learn how to train some specific part of your body and most importantly how to do the exercises correctly. Because if you’re not sure how to perform the exercise it’s better not to do it at all.
Jeff Cavaliere is working with professional athletes and it’s great that he shares much of the knowledge with us without any costs. Of course if you like he has many paid training programs so it’s totally up to you. With nearly 5 million subscribers you can be sure that you’ll get quality information! A lot of the exercises can also be practiced at home so you don’t have to run to the gym immediately :). You can find their channel here:
Last year I discovered a great site where you can upload your photos and take part in different competitions. There are many different topics and new challenges are being added constantly. Although there are prizes for only the very top photographers you can still earn votes from professionals and hobbyists from all over the world, see how other people react to your photos and get many new ideas about what to add to your own portfolio. They also share many great galleries and articles and offer an opportunity to get picked to be presented on one of many exhibitions being held all over the world. There is also a ranking system – the more votes you get and the better spots you take in the challenges, the more benefits you have. Otherwise the site is completely free to use. If you’d like to share your photos with others along with getting some extra excitement while taking part in a competition or you’d just like to enjoy the many masterpieces Gurushots offer, this site is definitely for you! Go and check it out for yourself!
After a half-year break I got back to arranging Meetups. I organized one last week and now I plan to start making them more often on many different topics. I must admit that I really missed it during my trip. Everywhere we went to I always searched if there were any interesting meetups being held. Sad truth is that although there were several groups everywhere there were not many events and attendees. Back here in Estonia it seems that this community is still on the path of growing and that’s definitely good news! Every month there are new groups being added and many new members joining. Although it’s still relatively IT-based there have been many new groups emerging with other topics and subjects.
Although there are many platforms for creating these sort of groups and events I think Meetup.com is still one of the best. It’s really simple and since there is no other distracting information besides the events themselves it’s a great tool for this.
If you are reading this post in Tallinn or you plan to visit Tallinn I invite you to join the activities of my group or any other Meetup that catches your attention. I promise you won’t regret it.
Here’s an overview of Meetups by TNSM (Tallinn Networking and Socializing Meetup) coming in April.