10 strangers, 6 realizations, 1 foreign country

A couple of months ago, I decided to dive into something I never knew I would possibly do. I signed up for a two week personal and professional program with WiFly Nomads to help me become a digital nomad.

Being a digital nomad was something I always saw the adventurous and brave do. There were endless thoughts and sleepless nights I dreamt of doing it, but never in a thousand years did I think I would do it. And that alone made all the difference.

I was excited to fly off to Bali for two weeks and learn more about this lifestyle that I craved. All thanks to the ten strangers who instantly became such amazing friends, I’ve created bridges to cross some gaps I felt I was missing in my life.

Fear only lasts for 20 seconds

The idea of fear only lasts for a fragment, and sometimes we’re more fearful of what happens after we reach our destination. Sometimes we fear success. Other times we fear “fear” itself.

Whatever your fear may be, know that it’s only a fragment of your thoughts.

Once you do it for 20 seconds, then you conquered it.

Cross the bridge when you get there

The worst thing you can ever do is continuously put life on hold for the “just in case” and painted scenarios of what might one day occur.

There is no anticipating when the bridge will arrive, and you can only cross it when that time comes. Sometimes it’s as simple as being patient. And when that bridge arrives, then will you truly know your real potential and strength to cross it.

Be accountable for more than yourself

“You can do whatever you want”

This true; I could do whatever I wanted.

Daily obligations and current situations may limit you, but let that only be temporary. You have the freedom and the power to do whatever you want to do. Sometimes the only person really stopping you is yourself.


It was until my instructor finally told me to “relax.” So simple, yet incredibly powerful. What do you know? I rode my first wave the moment after.

It’s all about value

Take the dollar out of the equation because it runs deeper than that. Can you put a dollar value on deep connections? Or that exhilarating feeling of riding a surfboard for the first time? Or getting lost in the middle of a foreign country with zero gas in the scooter?

Probably not. You can never put a dollar value on your personal adventures.

Originally published at akinamarie.com.

Human who likes to write about human things: mindfulness, connections, and five-line stories. http://www.akinamarie.com

Human who likes to write about human things: mindfulness, connections, and five-line stories. http://www.akinamarie.com