A book that will change your thinking.

You may think I’m exaggerating but that’s not true. I finished ’The 4-hour Workweek’ by Timothy Ferris and it really is a life changer. Your vision will never be the same after you’ve read the book.

Timothy’s book was on my reading list for a long time and now that I’ve read it, I regret waiting so long. Timothy grabs your attention from the first page with his own story and vision. He is someone who questions his life and work so much that he realized he had to make a change. A change that everyone should make. We are all afraid of jumping in the dark. The unknown scares us so we stay in our comfortzone. Instead of taking the opportunities around us with both hands, we push them away from us.

We work day in day out to earn money. Long days fullfilling our tasks sometimes like robots. In the evening we are too tired to do something else and we ignore all the nice things around us. Worst of all, we don’t even realize life is passing by and we are missing the train.

Timothy took the train, in fact he took different trains, boats and plains to discover his opportunities. He created opportunities by jumping in the dark, by grabbing the chances he got. He questioned his life, his work and how he was doing the things was doing. He made some changes and created all the time he needed for exploring the world and reinventing his life.

I’m convinced. Now it’s time for the hard part, getting out of my comfortzone. I’m covinced I will succeed. What can go wrong?

Will you make the jump?

Will you make the jump?

Strike back!

Here I am, sitting in my sofa legs up. Resting? Yes, but not voluntary. Sport is healthy they always say, not for me this weekend. While playing soccer I hurt my quadriceps. Diagnosis: 3 months out. 

I love to sport. I play soccer, jog from time to time and when soccer season is over I ride my bike. But this season is not my lucky one. It already started while preparing for first soccer training in July. My knee hurted so I could not run as often as I wanted. Cycling was ok, but that is not the same. By the start of the soccer season, I knew immediately how late it was. I had not the condition I intended to have. So I struggled to keep up with my opponents in the first games and everything hurted. But I had a plan. I started with some easy jogging sessions after every training and game. That way my basic condition went up and my muscles recuperated better. Doing so, I managed to get better and ready for the start of the competition. We won the first game and I played the whole 90 minutes without a problem. So my advice: never give up!

But my luck did not lasted long. In the second game, I hurt my self in a fight for the ball. I managed to finish the game but I had to watch from the side for the next 8 weeks. But ok, there are worse things that can happen. I did whatever I could to prepare my comeback and I enjoyed it. Normally I am not a fan of jogging during winter but I really liked it. It was nice to be moving again.

As I said, it is not my lucky season. We are 2 months later after my comeback and I am laying here, writing a short story about my season. The moment I felt something in my quadriceps I knew it was more or less the same as last time. It appears it’s even worse so my season is over. I am disappointed. Not in myself or my muscles. No, just disappointed I can’t play the last games of the season. Disappointed that I can’t move a lot for some time.

But no worries, there is a lot of other stuff to enjoy. I can watch my teammates play and win some more games. I have some extra time to do some stuff I like but did not have the time to do. Revalidation started yesterday, so I’ve set myself a target. I want to be ready for cycling season by the end of soccer season. By doing so, I will be able to build a good basic condition for coming soccer season.

So what did I learn from all this? Never let bad things strike you down, always strike back and enjoy the opportunities!