It’s interesting where life takes you, or rather where you take your self. I never pictured myself writing a blog. I was severely shy growing up. I didn’t like expressing my opinions or being the odd one out. I tamed my personality, to the point where I became invisible. As I’ve matured, I’ve come to embrace and celebrate my quirks.
My confidence sky rocketed since becoming a solo backpacker. It reminded me how powerful and control of my life I am. Not knowing anyone, is extremely freeing. We subconsciously label ourselves and put ourselves into boxes, which allows little to no movement. For example: someone might say “I’m into rock I’d never listen to pop” or “I don’t wear colours because I don’t think it suits me.” We need to seriously break this toxic way of thinking and ExPeRiMeNt ! I really recommend travelling because no one knows these “rules” that we’ve set up for ourselves. Start randomly singing in the hostel community kitchen, because that is the type of person you are.
The place you’re in and people you surround yourself by also helps your personal development. Here in Greece, there is a strong anarchist movement. I’m extremely proud of my fellow humans, as they see the bullshit and are rising up. Being an English activist with Extinction rebellion, it’s interesting comparing methods and seeing how governments choose to deal with them. Greek police are completely different to English police *stories of police interaction to come.* Do you think the BBC are going to share what kind of protests are going on in Greece? Of course not! The fat cats in the media want to make sure that the idea of rising up is not spread. They don’t understand that ideas are like seeds, the more you try to push them down, the more they spread.
Surprisingly surrounding yourself with toxic people can also help your personal growth. They actually help you evaluate what you agree and disagree with. Do you know what really grinds my gears about Greek culture? The outright sexism. I didn’t think too much about feminism in England. I’m bored of seeing egotistical men that treat you like a piece of shit because you don’t want to suck their tiny dick. I’m bored of seeing women make excuses for men while tearing each other apart, normally for the approval of men. I’m bored of seeing the feminine energy being pushed down. There’s a lot of questionable attitudes that need to be challenged, which make me realize how important feminism is.
At a time where we have a failing system built on fear; we need to ask big questions. How else are we going to solve this mess?
Whoever you are reading this, I hope it helps you to pause, reflect and question. A thought, to spark a conversation, inspire an idea and ignite projects. Sharing information is vital.