04 May 2011 1 Comment
At last the time came and I am ready to write my first post.It wasn’t very easy to prepare for it simply because I wasn’t sure what am I going to write about.I knew I will write about traveling, but I didn’t think about the precise details.I decided not to make a blog only about my upcoming journey, but to write generally about my life, the world, philosophy and everything interesting that will hopefully come to my mind.The primary reason I decided to blog was that I will travel by hitchhiking with little or no money for several years and I thought that it would be nice to perpetuate my adventures for myself in the future to remember and at the same time to share it with the world letting my travel partners, hosts, drivers who’d give me a lift and all the people I’d meet to know me better and follow my journey.It also gives me another opportunity to rethink the things and get to know myself better.It’s easier to follow my thoughts while writing it down and concurrently it’s interesting for someone else to read not even mentioning the pleasure of getting the comments from readers.
Who am I
To start with, let me introduce.I will begin with a short summary of my biography which is not so special yet.My name is.I was born in 1991 in Lithuania.My mother works as a tailor and my father worked as a police(Militsiya before the collapse of the soviet union) officer.Now he is enjoying his pension and not working anymore.I also have a brother who is 10 years old, he plays piano, learns in primary school and I dare to say does better than me at his age.I grew up in a small (population ~100 000) town Panevėžys.Despite it not being a capital or a big town I still enjoy this place.I concentrated a lot of good memories during several decades of my life here.I remember my childhood and the great time I had with my neighbors when we were kids with a huge nostalgia.I can’t even describe it properly as things which gave a lot of joy back in those days now seems very ordinary or even boring.If I wanted to feel something similar I guess I’d have to get high or old, as it’s said that people getting older lose their intelligence and behave like children again.
I started hitchhiking when I was 16.Me and my friends decided to go to the beach which was ~300km away from our hometown, so we went.I hitchhiked and my friends went by buses and trains.Just kidding, we were all hitchhiking, but I was the only who told my parents I was hitchhiking, all other friends told they were going by train or bus.One of them was caught lying(luckily after we were already hitchhiked our way) some told after they were back, others keep the secret to this day.This is one of the things I’m especially grateful for my parents that they allowed me to do anything I wanted and I hadn’t to lie.I guess I lied several times when I was a kid, but in the teenage years I simply didn’t have a reason to do it.I don’t like lying so I’d rather tell the truth and have a fight with my parents than lie.
Since I was a kid I sought for freedom and independence from others.I guess it was one of the core reasons hitchhiking and short string budget traveling admires me.I never liked asking my parents for money, I hated that when I was a kid and wanted some money my father always wanted me to do something in the first place and made up excuses not to give it to me.I learned the lesson and always asked my mother for money who almost always gave it without asking something in exchange.Since I was 15 or 16 I don’t remember a time when I was refused.Probably it’s because I’ve also been very responsible with money.Even if she gave me €100 she knew I won’t waste it and ask again tomorrow.
My Future Prospects
Though my parents allowed a lot for me, they often didn’t take me seriously.And that’s fine with me.I don’t expect anyone to take me seriously.If I had such children like myself I’d behave very similarly.Since 16 or even earlier being asked what I want to do when I grow up I’d say “nothing”.I wanted to have money without working.It is not such an utopic dream after all.Even back in those days I’ve already had an answer – creating my own business seemed a perfect choice and I guess it still is if you need money.At the age of 16 I decided to make a business in the internet.The idea was to scan a lot of completed workbooks which pupils have to do in school and publish it in my own website.Later I made it into a forum leaving all the scans I’ve uploaded.Actually it still works and generates enough income to pay for the servers.It’s nothing very serious though, but it symbolizes a victory for me.A victory against skeptic minds of others and a proof for myself that my ideas are not stupid and I’m worth something.That project gave me a huge understanding of how business works.Even if I didn’t succeed, experience I got was worth twice that money I invested.
Another thing I get smiley faces instead of serious understanding is my lifestyle.I don’t plan to have any formal career, I won’t go to university after finishing high school, in other words I’m getting out of the frames of the standards of society.University is not a bad idea, but I feel I can use my time better.If I want to know something I read books I don’t need to go to university in order that someone read it for me.
So what my plans are ? Will I be another nomad on the earth traveling until I die ? Hopefully not.Since 16 I thought about making my own business and that’d be a good idea if I needed money.Of course I need money, but I don’t need it so desperately.I realized that money is easier to get than I thought before so they won’t run away.Since the same age I used to think about my life.”What is the purpose of the life” – I asked myself as I’m sure all of us did.I’ve already found an answer suitable not only for me, but for everyone.The best answer is that there is no purpose of the life, if you read about natural sciences enough you should find yourself at the same conclusion.After I realized this I thought about what should I do in my life then, because there isn’t any purpose I can do anything I want.So here comes the a more objective purpose I promised.In my opinion the best thing a person can do in his lifetime is to contribute to society.Which way it’s up to you to decide using your own head.I’m thinking about helping to improve people’s living conditions, to decrease injustice, corruption and other problems we face today.Easier said than done you might say, and I fully agree with you, but sitting and doing nothing won’t solve the problem, and doing something will contribute at least a little.A little is better than nothing, right ?
To chill out and rest a little from a routine I’m drowning in I decided to travel for several years until I make some concrete plans.Traveling will also give me a broader sense about the world and how everything works which will help me to make more accurate decisions and use the experience gained on the road.
After I passed my last exam which is 14 of June I will take my backpack with me, say bye to the family and start a new, my own life.It will start with me going outside of my hometown and getting my thumb up.I don’t know anything about all other things that may occur later.I’m happy not to know it.Knowing makes things less interesting and gives much less joy not even talking about great things you wouldn’t even plan to experience.
I’m planing to hitchhike, couchsurf, camp and do whatever comes to mind.Have you seen the movie “Yes Man“? That’s the lifestyle more people should be living.Yes we are safe in our metal or wooden cages we call houses.But what do that safeness gives if you can’t get outside and have fun.As it’s sang in the song of Three days grace “I’d better feel pain than nothing at all”.It’s sad how most of the people imprison themselves in the endless routines of their pointless jobs.Their purpose is money which doesn’t bring much happiness.It brings some, but often it’s less they would get without money.I’m not saying society can exist without anyone working, but in our liberal western societies anyone who wants can choose for himself which is a wonderful thing in todays modern societies.I’m so happy to be born here is Europe and not in some 5th world country with the laws of middle ages.On the other hand I thought that it’s not so bad that there are so little hitchhikers – I have a better chances of getting a ride.
I guess it’s enough for the first time.I hope I have accomplished my mission for the first post to introduce properly and you already know something about me.