Whenever I get asked where I come from, I never know what to say. I have lived in many places. My passport says Finnish. In Finland I never feel like I fit in. That, and never staying in one place for very long, always makes me feel like I’m not part of the group. Even the man of my life couldn’t live with that trait of mine and let me go because of it. I also don’t have an ordinary job. I am never part of a group, and sometimes I ask myself if something is wrong with me.
But that changed this week.
I am currently at the #NBE, Nordic Blogger Experience, in Finland. 60 professional bloggers from around the world were chosen to travel around Finland for 10 days (and I am one of them, please pinch me!). The central element of our trip will be the MATKA travel fair in Helsinki on Wednesday, the 18.1. I was excited to get to travel my home country and go to spas, museums, try skiing, sauna and all that… now I’m beyond grateful to be part for so much more.
The wonderful human beings on this trip make my heart cry of happiness. They are “born English, but living in Norway”, “currently in Canada”, “American, lived in Japan” and so on. When I was asked where I am from, I first hesitated, as always. But then I realised that my life, which usually raises a lot of eyebrows, is nothing ordinary in this group. Everyone has lived a life like that! One man is over 50, and can’t wait t o sell his house in order to start living a proper nomad life. I can’t put into words how reassuring it is to hear these stories. There is nothing wrong with me. There are people like me, even people much older than me who live this lifestyle and think it’s absolutely fine. Not fine, but coooool!
And these people are coooool too. Another thing that makes people raise their eyebrows is when they hear I’m self-employed. Even my own grandpa tells me to get a “proper job” every time we talk. Former colleagues tell me I can’t work that hard, I need to go to sleep earlier and chill more. Now I’m here with these incredible human beings, which are all self-employed, but also have their own businesses too. Milou is 25 and has got 15 employees! And does she work her butt off! These people don’t care about good night’s sleeps. Nor about “chilling”. They take out their laptops during every free minute and WORK. I thought they are living their dream lives – but they have made their dreams come true ALL BY THEMSELVES.
If there is something that makes you question yourself… don’t bother. It’s most probably your best feature. And you should work on making it even better.
Photos by Silvia