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Thoughts On Not Going Crazy While Long Term Traveling

Very good question from a reader. I wrote up a pretty thorough reply, and now I'm recalling a number of times i've been asked this. So, here we go -

Hi Sebastian,

You are travelling a lot, so I've been wondering if you feel lonely and if that's the case, how you deal with it. I don't mean to sound too personal, just for the record, so if you do not wish to answer, go ahead (just let me know if that's the case, or point me to some reading, maybe?). I have found that when travelling for extended periods of time in places one does not know people, or when moving, changing location, that a certain lack of close contact with people can occur. This can lead to demotivation (concerning activity in general, work...), paralyzation, distraction causing lack of devotion to work and the like. Well, you are often writing about many friends, and I suppose you mean over the internet? Is that enough, or a temporary substitute? How do you counteract low-states induced by such cirumstances? (If they occur, I don't know if you have the problem, it just seemed a possibility).

Thanks a lot,

Good observation. Yes, you're 100% right - lack of contact with people is a big problem with traveling.

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On The Swift Flamingo

i feel depressed. i dont intend on using this to gain an entourage of people feeling the same way, i just want to talk about whats going on in my life, and if people find it interesting then hey, cool.

Why am i depressed, well its now January and in November i left my wife of 6years. i am a girl btw, it doesnt matter to me but it may to you. So since then iv been living with friends and family until my name comes up for a place with the housing. its been a tough path to get here and i hope it gets better soon.

i dont quite know where or what i expected to be doing at this point in my life but i dont think i saw this coming, single, homeless, jobless. Although neither is entirely true. I got a job, just dont know when, if, i am actually starting. I do have beds to sleep in so im not sleeping rough, i just dont have a home. As for being single, welllll, there is the matter of Mark. We're not going out, i want to, he doesnt, we're sleeping together and that seems to be as far as it goes, for now at least

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