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Lost in my mind & finding inspiration

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Well, I’ve been in Europe for more than three months now, and most of it I’ve been here, living in Berlin. I’ve said it a million times, but there’s something truly special and unique about this city. People ask why I’m still here and the only answer I can give is that this city just feels like the place to be. I feel it.

This city. Berlin. Things are happening here. Ideas are everywhere. People here. People here are creating things. Doing things. Finding inspiration. Interesting people. Everywhere. Here. I so much want to be a part of this culture, this place of change. I want to make a difference. I want to do bigger things. Better things. I want want want want want

No more wanting. Doing. 

I’ve done a lot of things in my life, and have had a lot of interests, passions, things to see and do. One thing that affects me the most—that inspires me—is change. I like it when my life changes. I like it when things change for the better. Change is good. Just before setting out on my big trip I wrote about the ways I tried to change my life for the better my last year living in Boston. Looking back at it, I realize that I still find myself wanting more today. Things have changed. Again.

Honestly, my life has never been better. I have more friends than I could ask for, a family that though eagerly awaiting my return home still supports my desire to live abroad. I have a job, albeit temporarily, that I’m learning lots from. I’m in Berlin—the coolest city in the world. I meet new people every week, if not every day. I’m comfortable with who I am, where I am and, generally speaking, what I’m doing. But I still find an urge, a desire. Do you ever get the desire to just…do something? To make something happen?

Museum, Berlin

Art inspires me.

Since moving to Berlin I’ve had the luxury to meet interesting people and do interesting things. Things like Social Media Week, or finding interesting photography exhibits. Having way too much fun dancing on the weekend. Little things. But sometimes it’s not enough. Like I’ve mentioned a million times before going abroad, finding inspiration is one of my never-ceasing travel goals. So when I found myself feeling exceptionally uninspired last week (for no particular reason), I decided to seek out something to inspire me. Make something happen.

After visiting one of Berlin’s many museums last Thursday, I found some much-needed inspiration. I want to do so many things. I have so many plans for myself but I never give myself the time to do it. I’ve decided to take more initiative. More initiative; more control over my life. If something isn’t working, do something about it.

What inspires you? What will you do about it?

  1. Thomas | Jus Getaway says:

    Sounds like Berlin is the place for you!!  What inspires me is hearing stories of people who are doing the things that the want to.  The ability to be free from the 9-5 cubicles and walls.  What am I doing about it….well I started Jus Getaway and with some time and hardwork I look to be traveling around the world enjoying life.

  2. Abby says:

    I am so going through this right now!! I just want to … DO anything! Taking weekend trips like crazy, made a hypnotherapy appointment for Sunday, signing up for everything. What does it all mean?!

    • Adam says:

      Abby, YESS!!

      I think there’s something about this time of year, especially for me, where I start to feel very….eager. Or anxious. Or something.

      • Deborah Klaassen says:

        I think it might have something to do with where you are. When I was in Berlin, I felt the same thing. It’s as if the energy/urge/courage/… that was needed to knock down the Wall still lingers in the city – much the same way the Wall is still present. Perhaps you need to find your own Wall to tear down.

        • Adam says:

          Thanks so much for your comment Deborah. I love the way you put it.

          And right now, at this point in time, I think the Wall I most want to tear down is “Wall Street”. The Occupy Wall Street movement has really gotten to me and I find some of the people who’ve gotten involved to be truly inspiring. 

  3. Abby says:

    I am so going through this right now!! I just want to … DO anything! Taking weekend trips like crazy, made a hypnotherapy appointment for Sunday, signing up for everything. What does it all mean?!

  4. Abby says:

    I am so going through this right now!! I just want to … DO anything! Taking weekend trips like crazy, made a hypnotherapy appointment for Sunday, signing up for everything. What does it all mean?!

  5. We’ve only been in Berlin for a few days and already we love it.  Kreuzberg is this fabulous mix of hipsters and lesbians and a large Turkish community and bohemian families with babies wearing felt jackets.  How awesome, right?

  6. I get inspired by my own ideas – travelling this year has given us some new goals and projects we want to work on for and in the future – and I get so excited about working on those next year. When I think about an idea, I spend some time determining the feasibility and then if it’s ok I just go for it. They keep playing Steve Jobs’ Stanford commencement speech on CNN (the only English channel we have in Germany) – and he was right – life is short! If you want to do things, just do them, don’t think too much. Find what makes you happy – good luck =)  ~Andrea.

    • Adam says:

      Thanks Andrea!  I think my problem lately has been that I’ve been thinking too much. Trying to think less and just do more – that’s my plan.

  7. Jeremy says:

    Just jump in and do it!  That is what I’m doing right now.  No matter how much time it takes, it is better to do it now than later.  Care to give us any insight in to your upcoming ideas?

    • Adam says:

      Thanks Jeremy. I think you’re right – I’m basically just looking for a push because I’m a bit afraid to take the leap. Stay tuned!

  8. Adam says:

    NYC is definitely an inspiration! It used to be the place I always wanted to live in. Now that I’m in Berlin, though, I feel more and more attached to what’s happening here rather than there. Though I have to admit all this Occupy Wall Street stuff has been really inspiring.

  9. Spencer says:

    Well that’s what travel is about -clearing your mind and seeking inspiration.

  10. Raquel Ferreirinha says:

    I’m sorry, too many good blogs, too little time! I still hadn’t got around to reading this, we’re definitely in sync. Eager to know more about what you’re going to make happen ;) good luck! I have a feeling we’re on the right to figuring this out…

  11. Raquel Ferreirinha says:

    *right track

  12. Raquel Ferreirinha says:

    *right track

  13. Raquel Ferreirinha says:

    *right track

  14. Sasha says:

    I find when I’m lacking inspiration I try and either surround myself with creatives in an arty area or just seek out somewhere I’ve not yet discovered, that’s always a sure fire remedy for lack of inspiration!

    I can so see that Berlin is the city for you, you creative! :) I’m glad
    you found a place that inspires you! There is nothing more beautiful
    then inspiration, it gives birth to so many great ideas, beautiful
    things and amazing opportunities! I’m interested to see what you do with all that inspiration!

    Good luck with everything! :)

    • Adam says:

      Hi Sasha,
      Thanks so much for the kind words! Berlin definitely feels like the right place for me at the right time.

  15. Victor says:

    I have not been in Berlin since the Iron Curtain.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    I love Berlin and when people ask me why it’s so great I struggle to come up with a reason.  You’re right when you say that it just feels right.

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