Nomadic life

Nomadic life

In August 2015 I started traveling around the world after having worked for seven years for Stenden University in the Netherlands. I had traveled quite a lot before that job and did not think I would travel extensively, again.

In May, the virus hit after learning about an interesting group of friends around a young spiritual teacher named Bentinho Massaro situated in Boulder, Colorado. My curiosity had been piqued and my first plan was to go there for three months and come back to my job.

matthiasIn the meantime, I found out that Hawaii hosted people with interesting lifestyles – besides gorgeous nature – and thus Hawaii became a nice stop in between the US and New Zealand, a country that I wanted to visit for a longer time. The idea of going back to my old job seemed less attractive as I did not know what would happen on my journey and how much I would change. I decided to quit my job. All of this happened in such a short time, that it rather surprised me – and many people around me.

The idea of going back to my old job seemed less attractive.

When I arrived in Boulder, I quickly  became part of the group of people I wanted to be around. One thing lead to another and I made my first video with Dave Solazzo, who received my request with enthusiasm. I met interesting people that raised my curiosity and conversations with some of them made me want to make videos. Even though I had sold my camera before I started traveling, it came back on my path.

Interviewing people gave me an opportunity not only to develop myself, but also to connect with beautiful people and to give them something of value. I found out that my three core values were met in a way that I could enjoy effortlessly. People helped me to get the gear that I needed to keep doing this on the remainder of my journeys.

I found out that my three core values were met in a way that I could enjoy effortlessly.

Everything came together. Some years ago, I had made some videos with a colleague and friend, Maik. We started a movement we called ‘Momens’ – referring to moments and ‘mooi mens’ which means ‘beautiful person’ in Dutch – where we wanted to find the deeper layer of people’s story. Sometimes we would capture that in one minute videos. Maik was a master getting to the heart of people and taught me how to dig for and recognize an authentic story.

Now, the story continues. Some of those stories can be found on this website.

Adventure starts only now

Adventure starts only now

Every wished to explore the world? Or have another adventure you’ve been dreaming about? I did not regret my decision to make a trip around the world and start all over again. Stepping into the unknown felt scary, but oh, I LOVED THE FEELING TO BE ON THE MOVE AGAIN.

I remember several occasions feeling stuck because I’d become happy with my comfort zone. “I need to get moving again.” Packing my bags and taking a bus or standing on the road with my thumb up. The anticipation of unknown adventures felt so good.

The anticipation of unknown adventures felt so good.

I came across a very inspiring video by Tim Ferriss about the book Vagabonding by Rolf Potts. He talks about how two monks would promise each other to travel. Because of their vows, they would say, “We will go in winter.” And in winter they would say, “We will go in summer.”

I’d rather not promise anyone when I will go.

I’d rather dream knowing that someday I will go.

Or I will just buy a ticket.

It’s like friends saying, “We need to hook up soon,” with the intention to see each other, but it never happens. I’d rather say, “Fare well. I might see you again someday.” I’d rather keep it completely open, or make an appointment right away.

I’d rather dream knowing that someday I will go.

Why is that? Could it really be because adventure starts only now? Making vague promises is using the future to find reasons NOT to go. Every time I listen to my reasoning, I will not go. I won’t do something I love. Strangely though, when I did not promise myself anything, my dreams would magically appear and I would step in.

Don’t use the future as an excuse not to do what you love. Dream now. Choose now. Because everything only starts now.