April 24, 2021
The desire to be happy about something. Happy with your job, your relationship, your children, your house, your leisure time, or your hobbies. Or simply happy with life. Joy of life, or as the French would say, “joie de vivre.”. It is one of the few desires shared by all people in the world. And yet it often seems to get lost in everyday life.
"I was so stressed at work again today," we say. "My partner and I have been arguing a lot lately."
What is it with this thing called joy of life? How does someone get happy? A few years ago, a long journey completely obliterated my entire previous life, and I essentially had to start over from scratch. Since that time, my personal happiness has worked out well. And so here is my attempt at writing my own guide to happiness.
February 21, 2021
There are little imps who grow up and move away from home and cannot do anything. They cannot hold a hammer, they cannot pound in a nail, even improperly. At the hardware store, they just run against the big glass entrance door.
I know because I was such a child.
So, what happened? Right! Maximum creativity ran head-on into minimal specialist knowledge. I finally got to the point in life where I wanted to create something. And that is exactly the kind of crazy shit I am doing now. A huge teepee in my living room, a wooden cottage in my bedroom, an industrial ambience in my bathroom. Yes, I am talking about the same loser who could not even hammer a nail into a piece of wood before. How did this happen, why it can also happen to you, and how you can do all of this? Now. Here.
Novenber 28, 2020
I open the message. It is short.
Hi Sarah, Frank died this morning.
I stand in the middle of the room and stare at the wall. The window seems about ready to burst and rain into a thousand splinters on the street. Suddenly the wood paneling seems as if it is pulsating, and the floor below me begins to sag. Frank is a friend from Los Angeles, whom I met in 2017 on my solo trip through the USA for several months. I knew he had cancer.
Folks—you need to go and visit your family, call your friends, do not spend all your time working overtime at your job, but spend it with the people you love or care about, whatever it costs. Here come wondrous memories of a great person—and a thousand reasons why you should never wait!
October 29, 2020
I am in the high-risk area of the world. The country that is at the forefront of evil and where everything seems to be out of control with worldwide travel warnings and so on. I'm in the United States. And even though I am in the hotspot of superspreading with one foot in the grave, I feel as good and as far away from the world as I have been for a long time. What I have decreed for myself: no news, no disconcertment, no drama.
I am in the wilderness. It is lonely, rugged, and beautiful. No one is irritating me, and the constant din of the crazy world becomes merely a murmur in the background. This is the moment when I know: I'm out.
What you can do to reduce stress in these times and how you find back to balance
June 6, 2020
The guy at airport security looks at the boxes and bottles in my hand luggage like something fishy was going on here. “What is that?” he asks. I want to shout, “COCAINE!” loudly.
But then I realize that if I said that, I would probably spend the rest of the day in solitary confinement rather than on the airplane. So I decide to tell him the truth. “These are my medications. I have a chronic illness. I have my certificate with me.”
I did not let the diagnosis spoil my mood from the
beginning. Not even with my prolonged travels. Long-term travel with my chronic illness goes somewhere between a full crisis and a laughing fit.
May 24, 2020
I’m sixteen and I go to my favorite bookstore. I want to purchase a new book written by a well-known writer of German thrillers. So I go to the crime section of the store. Just to realize that I have forgotten the name of the author. After only a few seconds, my normal feelings of insecurity and stupidity become overwhelming. Between pathetic and panic.
Worthless. For many years, I felt as if my life was totally worthless. In this article I will take a very personal look at topics that concern many, but only a few are able to speak about openly: bullying, self-doubt, lack of self-confidence. How do you get out of this shit and finally realize: I can do it. And I am great!
July 5, 2019
Wind tears the blaring silence apart like a velvet curtain on the stage in complete darkness. Dry grass bends over in the invisible air currents until it touches the dusty ground. These are the
only sounds on that evening, just before the golden hour, before the sun disappears behind the black edges of the rocks. Sure?
My eyes are fixing the mountain range - and the mountains seem to look back. I feel something like a second heartbeat inside me. The call of the mountains. With the intensity of an electric shock. Here comes the attempt to explain the fascination of mountain hiking.
June 2, 2019
Marh 31, 2019
I have to brake hard. I have a truck behind me. Who doesn't seem to care much about the stopping cars. I can barely see anything. But I do think a lot. One thing above all: Please don't let it be over! When I get home, I start to think about that incident again. Why I was so scared. About The End. After all, we all have to die. But not now.
Today, two years later, I close my eyes at the abyss of the deep red canyon. My legs are hanging down the deep gorge. What if. I smile and a deep peace is filling me. Not now? Not anymore. How I lost my fear of death.
June 17, 2018
Like a misguided firework my thoughts are racing colourfully and burning through the room.
Which feelings are still normal or right? Should I leave everything and run away or throw away everything and stay? Why am I suddenly not happy anymore? Will I really gonna make it?
Here comes a dash of courage, rumbling against the bow of Panic-Titanic. For all of you who are planning on a long, far or great trip – alone or together.
June 3, 2018
I’m driving from the north-eastern entrance of the Yellowstone National Park to Red Logde, Montana, via US Highway 212. Behind this unspectacular number hides one of the most beautiful streets in the world: Beartooth Highway.
I will to take you on
a road trip over this awesome road. Beyond clouds and above lakes, through hail storms and along vertical precipices. What to see, where to stop and why it is one of the top rated scenic highways
in the US.
March 17, 2018
A couple of pale green palms are shaking in the wind right next to the main street. Instead of looking
forward to my road trip I’m panicking because I was neither able to understand the English contract of the rental car nor the traffic rules.
I established this mini series called “Road Trips & Rental Cars” to give advice for things you need to do and consider when you are renting a car. I’ll answer the most frequently asked questions to make your road trip the most fascinating, save and uncomplicated adventure.
February 20, 2018
Legendary Route 66: By looking up pictures of Route 66 you will mostly find spectacular sunsets behind red rocks and a horizon with a never ending street. But this
is only part of the truth. Did you know that Route 66 does not even exist? And that Americans wonder about all the tourists going down that pretty useless road with lots of potholes instead of
taking the smooth and new interstates?
Here we go with 5 myths about Route 66 - and lots of surprises!
February 10, 2018
The 80-year-old French lady is looking puzzled. She is not speaking one word of English. We are smiling. We
don’t speak one word of French. Because we decided to learn Latin at school when we were 12. Shit happens.
Are you scared of traveling a certain country because of language barriers? Are you worried that you will disgrace yourself or be completely lost? Here you’ll find encouragement, hacks and many things to laugh about. You’ll see – there is nothing you have to worry about!
February 2, 2018
A little piece of confetti is blinking the soft sunset light. Then it is ripped apart from the grey wall by the wind and drifting down the narrow alleys of cobblestone roads. Between old lanterns and gables that seem to lean towards to each other you can spot a white cathedral with onion domes. The bohemian side of town Montmartre of Paris is a labyrinth made out of galleries, street art and tiny restaurants. Here it is an obligation to lose yourself and your head. Throw away your map, deactivate your data and follow the pieces of confetti.
January 26, 2018
Colorful wind chime jingle gently in the breeze. The sky stretches across the horizon like a huge blue canvas. Rough rocks drag jagged shadows into the chipped asphalt. A road sweeps a length of some 65 miles. This is the scenic Turquoise Trail in New Mexico, which cuts through an enchanting landscape of red rocks and sandy shrub-steppe. This is a true road trip, not some fast ride from one spot to another on the Interstate. On this road, your only clock will be: timelessness.
August 7, 2017
A short summary of all the weird, funny and sad things I discovered during my 4-month-trip across the United States. Small and big oddities. Things to laugh about, things worth crying for, things to think about. America through the eyes of a German with a German-American heart. Be aware: this text probably contains irony.