As an Egyptian middle-class guy, travelling abroad isn’t easy. As example of how expensive it is, I was once offered a very discounted travel offer from my employer, yet it cost more than 6 times my net salary back then ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ not to mention the ugly and bizarre visa processes.
However, I’ve always had a dream of visiting different countries, and living among different cultures (which is considered worthless and pretty dumb of an idea in the traditional Egyptian culture, where you have to be saving boat-loads of money to invest in your marriage or whatever). Back then, the idea that I’d be gainfully employed in the EU, and able to travel wherever I want within 26 different countries was just insane.
2015 was a particularly hard year for me with a lot .. A LOT of disappointments. However, out of trying to coop with the ugly reality I made a wish-list (well, a stripped-down version of a bucket-list) of the activities that seemed to be doable but very improbable back in those tough days. I used Google keep to always have this list.
One of the items on the list was “Buy something from IKEA Sweden” why IKEA Sweden ? well, back then it seemed almost impossible for me to visit such a faraway country from Egypt such as Sweden, and I thought I’d need a souvenir once I am there .. and it was just obvious that I’d get it from an iconic Swedish place ! 🙂
This Easter I found myself in Stockholm for the Easter, surrounded by the most awesome group of friends anybody would dream of having, and it was even sunny ! I thought it’s time to cross that item out of my wish-list ! Unfortunately, it was a public holiday and most probably IKEA had been closed that day. Luckily, while we were hanging around, we stumbled upon a flee market, with a lot of cool-looking items to choose from. I was so happy that my simple old dream came true with even a better outcome !
Why am I writing all of this ? Most of the time, when someone achieves his/her goals, the brain looks at the accomplishment as something insignificant and tells the person to move on to the next goal, or to only think of the hardships that they’d encountered until they reached their goal, swallowing the joy and the pride they should take in their accomplishments. Also, visualizing your goals, and looking at them regularly makes them easier to track, and apparently, accomplish ! 🙂 .
This post is reminder for me (and anybody reading this) to make more goals, take more notes and appreciate what I’ve done !
BTW, this is the lovely souvenirs I got from Stockholm