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Travelling with purpose

December 6th, 2015 · No Comments · Japan 2015 Trip

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller

After an intense year and a half of being consumed with my career, I have become aware of a creeping apathy which has begun to draw the colour and spice out of my comfortable life in Edinburgh. This is beginning to to weigh me down, making it more difficult to summon the energy to do much outside of my normal routine.

This is the herald of burnout – and I know myself well enough to recognize that it has to be taken seriously.

The culprit here is a sense of a lack of alignment between the things I really care about, and what I am actually spending my time doing. This is complicated by the fact that I have largely fallen out of the practice of self examination which helps to reveal what those things which are very important to me really are.

I know I have a lot of thinking to do, and that my over-familiar regular haunts are too associated with my everyday grind.

I need a change in context. Somewhere stimulating that will force me to think a little differently.

Luckily, a good friend of mine, Bjorn Bakker, is travelling the world at the moment (follow him at and has pretty much made the decision for me. As of the 3rd of December Bjorn will be in Japan, a country I have always found interesting largely because it is such a unique culture, alien certainly to British life. After some wrangling with my employers I have managed to secure three weeks submerge myself as much as possible in the country.



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