"Träume nicht Dein Leben, sondern lebe Deine Träume!"
So abgedroschen diese Empfehlung auch klingen mag, ich habe sie mir zu Herzen genommen. Ich lebe meinen großen Traum vom Fliegen.
Schon als kleines Mädchen habe ich vom Fliegen geträumt, eigentlich, seit ich mich erinnern kann. Einfach abzuheben und alles hinter mir zu lassen. Hoch oben über der Welt dahinzugleiten.
Irgendwann habe ich den ersten Drachenflieger am Himmel gesehen. Und wusste sofort, dass ich das auch mal machen möchte. Damals war ich noch nicht in der Schule. Warum es bis jetzt gedauert hat, dass ich aus dem Traum Wirklichkeit gemacht habe, kann ich nicht sagen.
Ich weiß nur, dass mein erster Tandemflug all meine Erwartungen übertroffen hat. Spätestens als mein erster Alleinflug kam, war es um mich geschehen, seither bin ich eigentlich gar nicht mehr gelandet.
Das Gefühl beim Fliegen ist schon unbeschreiblich. Drachenfliegen ist aber noch viel mehr als einfach nur Fliegen. Da oben ist man weit weg von allem, geht beinahe schon eine Synthese mit der Natur ein, lernt sich selbst noch einmal anders kennen. Und irgendwie sehe ich vieles gelassener, seit ich fliege.
Ich bin mir sicher, dass ich gefunden habe, wonach ich mein ganzes Leben lang gesucht habe. Kann es denn etwas Schöneres geben?English
"Live your dreams."
As trite as it may sound, I took it to heart. I live my great dream of flying.
I have always been dreaming of flying. Of getting my feet off the ground and leaving everything behind. Of gliding along high above the ground.
I still remember seeing a hangglider in the air for the very first time. I knew straight away that this was the thing I wanted to do one day. Hanggliding. I wasn't even in school yet at that time. It took me a while to get started, I don't even know why, but I always knew I would eventually do it.
My first tandem flight exceeded all my expectations. And after my first solo flight, I was caught, I think I never acutally landed after that.
The feelings I have when I fly are almost indescribable. But hanggliding is even more than just flying. Up there, you are far away from everything, you almost contract a synthesis with nature, you get to know yourself in a new way. And somehow, flying made me look at things more serenely.
I am convinced that I have found what I had been looking for my whole life. Can there be anything more beautiful in the world?
January 5th 2014
The island of Lanzarote is probably the windiest place I have ever been to. Initially the plan for my wee there had been to do some cycling and some hiking, but when I almost got blown away by the extremely strong wind on my first day there, I changed my plans, rented a car for the rest of my stay, and drove to different spots on the island to go hiking there. But let me start at the beginning. I arrived on Lanzarote in the afternoon of the last Saturday of the year. It was very windy and drizzling. However, the drizzle and the sun created some beautiful rainbows. Some of them were even close to the bus that took me to the village of Playa Blanca in the south of the island, where I was ... read more
November 4th 2013
Two weeks ago, our business partner David who runs our offices in Asia, Australia and the Middle East asked me whether I wanted to co-present with him at the International Conference on Psychology Dubai. Of course I wanted to . I arrived in Dubai on Wednesday shortly before midnight. Luckily I got out of the airport (which is usually very busy during the night because it is a great hub for international flights) quickly and caught a taxi to my hotel. The hotel was located close to the conference venue, the Heriot Watt University, and thus a few kilometers from the city centre. The conference did not start until Friday, so I took Thursday off to do some sightseeing. I caught a taxi into town and went on a hop on hop off bus tour that ... read more
August 19th 2013
In the middle of August, my friend Hetty spent a long weekend in Riga. We arrived there on a Wednesday night, Hetty had flown in from Munich and I from Hamburg. It was perfect timing, and we started our long weekend that we had both been looking forward to with a nice glass of wine in the hotel bar. This was a kind of curious experience. We wanted a glass of red wine each, Cabernet Sauvignon, to be precise. The bar tender said he was sorry that the wine was not cold – which of course was perfectly fine for us. Who drinks cold red wine?! Then he started opening a bottle of white wine and I had to tell him that we actually wanted RED wine. But finally, we got what we wanted and enjoyed ... read more
July 22nd 2013
When I got back home from Seattle, I went straight back to work as there was a lot to do and I had only 1.5 weeks, then headed off for San Sebastian, Spain, for the European Conference on Psychological Assessment. This time, I managed to finish both presentations before heading off for the Congress, so much less stressful . I flew through Frankfurt, where I met Dennis who works with my former employer and is also working on his PhD, to Bilbao, from where we caught a bus to San Sebastian. Our hotel was conveniently located between the university, where the congress would take place, and the beautiful beach. Of course we had dinner outside and not far from the beach. Dennis and I had both signed up for a pre-conference workshop, where we also met ... read more
July 6th 2013
It took me a while to finally write this post because the weeks after the url=http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/California/Los-Angeles/Downtown/blog-796482.htmlWorld Congress on Positive Psychology in Los Angeles were just so busy. But finally I found some time to write a few words on what happened afterwards. You might recall that I flew to Seattle right after the Congress to spend a few days with my friend Melissa. She came to pick me up from the airport on Sunday evening with her partner Kevin. It was so good to see her. Melissa and I had met last year during my retreat in Plum Village, France and became good friends within only one week. We were not only born on the same day, but we have a lot more in common. I stayed with Melissa and Kevin for five days and we ... read more
July 1st 2013
The day after Thais and her family had left, I caught a plane to Los Angeles because I was going to attend the Third World Congress on Positive Psychology. Preparing for it had been a challenge. Originally, my intention had been to have my two posters and one elevator pitch type presentation ready before going to Finland, but due to loads of other work to do, I had not managed to finish even one of them. So I needed to do it all while Thais was there, which was very unfortunate, but finally I had everything ready. Just on time, I went to have my posters printed at 4 p.m. the day before my flight to the US… The journey to Los Angeles via Munich went smoothly, and I arrived in the hotel on Wednesday evening. ... read more
June 26th 2013
Right the day after my return from Finland, my old friend Thais from Brazil came to Hamburg with her family. Thais and I have known each other for almost all of our lifetime. She is Brazilian, but we met while she was living in Germany with her family. I was three and she was four years old at the time, and she lived just across the street from me. We became very good friends and I was really sad when they went back to Brazil when I was twelve. However, we stayed in touch, and she came to visit me in 2001, and the same year I went to visit her. We had not seen each other since then and I had not met her husband Andre yet. I had been invited to their wedding, but ... read more
June 20th 2013
On the second weekend of June, I was invited to Scott and Virpi’s wedding in Finland. They both live in Newcastle, Australia, but Virpi is originally from Finland, and so they had decided to celebrate in the village of Hartola, about 180 km north of Helsinki, where Virpi had grown up. When I landed in Helsinki the day before the wedding, it was pouring down with rain, and I was hoping for conditions to improve because I knew that Scott and Virpi were planning some outdoor activities. I was going to share a rental car with Virpi’s friend Inga from Düsseldorf, and I met her and Virpi’s friends Corinna and Nino at Helsinki airport. The four of us arrived at the mansion in Hartola where the wedding would take place in the evening. It was so ... read more
June 2nd 2013
Remember that I had given a talk at our Norwegian partners’ client event? The other speaker there had been Michal Kosinskifrom Cambridge University. He had found my talk interesting and thus invited me to speak at Cambridge University. I was super excited! We scheduled the talk for the 31st of May, the Friday after my triathlon. And again, I did a good job in terms of self-handicapping… I arrived in Cambridge on the evening before the talk, and Michal and his colleague Vess picked me up from the bus station. They invited me to a pub and then to another pub, where some students joined us. We drank a lot of strong cider and it got really late so that I did not get a lot of sleep during the night. But somehow, my brain worked ... read more
May 27th 2013
My first triathlon of the season, the Waltriathlon in Brunsbüttel near Hamburg on the 26th of May, was a challenge in many ways. Firstly, I had not had a lot of time to exercise. Remember my last blog entries, there was so much travelling in April and a lot of work to do. The two weekends of May that I was in Hamburg, I had to work on my Ph.D. because there is a congress coming up in which I would like to present some of my results. Secondly, I had done a pretty good job in not looking well after myself right the week before the triathlon. The Tuesday before the triathlon, I went to Münster for the Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology where we had submitted two papers that ... read more