After the amazing video of Fabien about his wonderful around the world travel, I come back to you with a different topic.
If you follow a little bit my blog you already know that I am an engineer from Greece who is working to build a business. To discover more my adventure in Greece I invite you to read that article.
For the past 5 years I had been working in Paris in a big telecommunication company. On December 2011 I decided to quit my job and life in Paris and go to Chios, in Greece.
When I say my story to Greek people they always ask me:
But why have you left everything? Why have you come here especially in this difficult period?
My answer is always the same:
I got tired of my life and job in Paris. If I want to briefly describe my life in Paris, I would use the famous phrase: “metro – boulot – dodo”.
This is a common expression, which is used by Parisian people. It means “subway – work – sleep” which basically describes the main activities of a common day in Paris if you have a job in a company. You spend a lot of hours in the subway, you work a lot and at the end of the day you sleep!
In addition to that, I got tired of the grey Parisian weather.
Can you imagine being in Paris in the middle of August (summer for the north hemisphere) and wearing a coat? I am not kidding you! For someone who is from Greece, where the sky is blue almost all around the year, the Parisian weather sucks!
Anyway, that was before.
What about now?
Now, I am in Chios and I work like a crazy, day and night but I don’t have an income yet! Off course I have the sunny blue sky above my head and I enjoy the sea when it is hot.
The path I chose is not easy at all. It happens to me quite often to lose my hope. I know I am not supposed to lose my hope. The majority of the blog posts that I read advise people to keep their hope, to fight for their dreams, to continue, to be patient…Because failure is the only way to reach the success. Because failure makes winners and defeats losers….
Well Yes, that is correct.
But there are some days where I wake up and I am not optimistic. I lose my hope. Everything is black. I compare my life today with the life I had a year ago about now and I cannot see clearly my destination…
I forget the destination
That is the biggest mistake an entrepreneur can make.
I have already mentioned in my article World Around Trip: One Year Ago Today that I am not good to give advice. Then, some of you said that is not true.
What I understand now is that sometimes I give advice to others mostly because I need to give advice to myself too!
I need some encouragement. I need somebody to give me hope. I need to focus on my destination, to find and continue my path.
I am sure I am not alone. There are many other people who work the same way.
The only thing that comes to my mind today is the poem of Constantine Kavafy, Ithaca.
The only thing I can give to my readers and myself today is the poem of Constantine Kavafy, Ithaca
Odysseus was the king of Ithaca. He left his home, wife and family to participate in the Trojan War.
At the end of the war, Odysseus was alive and his only dream was to go back to his home country, the Island of Ithaca. The great poet Constantine Kavafy wrote the poem of Ithaca to describe the numerous adventures of Odysseus while he was trying to reach Ithaca.
Even if he faced many difficulties, dangers and monsters, Odysseus has never forget his home. His destination was always in his mind. He has never given up.
And off course after many years of travel he reached his destination.
BY CONSTANTIVE CAVAFY, ALEXANDRIA 1911
As you set out on your journey to Ithaki,
wish that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops
the angry Poseidon don’t be afraid,
you will never meet these in your way
if your thoughts are raised high,
if a fine emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops
the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
if you don’t carry them within you,
if your soul does not set them up before you.
Wish that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many when,
with such pleasure, such joy,
you enter ports never seen before;
Stop at the Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and sensual perfumes of all kinds,
As many sensual perfumes as you can;
visit many Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from those who know.
Always keep Ithaki in your mind.
Arriving there is your destination.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years
And you are old when you anchor on the island,
rich with all you have gained along your way,
Not expecting Ithaki to offer you treasures.
Ithaki gave you the beautiful journey.
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing more to give you.
And if you find her poor, Ithaki has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must have already understood what Ithakes mean.
You can definitely find the meaning of that poem and how this can help you if you lose your hope.
That is what I do when I lose my hope: I think of Odysseus, I remind myself the destination. The road is long but it is worth it! What it really counts is the journey!
Do you sometimes lose your hope? What do you do then?