In school, you get to learn a lot of things. Things, you think that you’ll never need in your life and forget quickly. But what you learn in school that (hopefully) stays your entire life is how to learn, how to gather information and make something out of it.
In your A-Levels, you have the highest general knowledge of your lifetime, knowledge from so many different areas and still, you feel like you don’t know anything to survive in the real world. But at least you got the ability to find the information you need, use it for yourself and make something out of it.
After finishing school there is nobody that motivates you to learn and practice for hours and hours daily. Maybe in university, this motivation will come back, but still, it will be your responsibility to work on your own education. With yourself, for yourself.
But the great thing about it is, that now you are able to choose what you want to dig into more deeply. Topics that haven’t been taught in school and interests, that might be worth more for you and your life than knowing how photosynthesis works.
I really enjoyed school, enjoyed learning, but I hated that I had to “waste” my time on topics and tasks that weren’t interesting to me and I much rather would have liked to work on my own projects and learn about things that will help me with them. And I think that’s the case for most students – we don’t hate school and learning in general, it’s about the subjects and topics that we can’t choose to enrich our lives.
Now that I finished school this year and decided to take a gap year and fulfil my dreams of travelling the world fulltime for a whole year (or longer?!), I can spend all my time and energy on things that I choose myself.
If I wanted to, I could only enjoy and chill this year. But that’s not my nature.
If I would be an animal, I would be a working bee. I love having meaningful things to do, plans for my week, work to finish and tasks to cross off my to-do list. And especially, I love and want to learn and grow as a person and build my knowledge and ability in areas that I want to improve on.
For this gap year (and beyond) I want to:
- experience personal growth through solo travel, situations and problems to master in Australia
- improve my English by living and working in Australia, writing my blog and talking in my YouTube Videos in English
- work towards making my blog + YouTube + Instagram into my business. I want to improve my photography, videography, business knowledge, writing and editing skills
In today’s world, it is so easy to get information. You are never really alone with your problems and usually not the first one who wants to know how things work – you can find everything online.
Blogs, videos, eBooks, podcasts, audiobooks, movie’s – there is a source for everything you need and you can get all the knowledge you desire.
So I decided to share my favourites (and more that are on my to-read/listen/watch list) in different categories with you that help me to educate myself!
- Kurz durchdacht
- Digitale Nomaden Podcast
- Weltwach – Abenteuer, Reisen
- beVegt – vegan leben und laufen
- Ohne Müll
- Rotten (Verdorben)
- How the health
- Food choices
- Forks over Knives
- The true cost
- Living on one dollar
- Mission blue
Books / eBooks / audiobooks
…that I love
- the books by John Strelecky on the meaning of life: (Deutsch: Safari des Lebens, Das Café am Rande der Welt, Wiedersehen im Café am Rande der Welt)
- Skinny Bitch about the vegan diet for a healthy body
- The inside story of our body’s most underrated Organ (Deutsch: Darm mit Charme) by Guilia Enders about our digestive system
- Frühstück mit Elefanten by Gesa Neitzel, a story about making decisions and living the life of your dreams
- How to be Parisian by Sophie Mas & Audrey Diwan
- Journey Man by Fabian Sixtus Körner, the most exciting and adventurous travel diary
- Heilen mit der Kraft der Natur
…on my list
- The China Study
- How not to Die
- Making ideas happen
- Books about storytelling
- Give and Take by Adam Grant
- The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
- Live Camp Work
- How to Travel fulltime
Besides reading my books, I also really enjoy listening to them because it is quicker which means you can listen to it here and there to really internalize the content and keeping it in mind. That’s what I did with the John Strelecky books. I probably already listened to all of them for about 4-6 times and I love how it makes me improve my thoughts and actions after every time.
I also love to read books first (because that can be a totally different experience) and listen to them again some time later because I love the story so much.
And audiobooks have another advantage: meanwhile, you can do other things and multitasks which can make you more efficient. For example, cleaning and organizing, sorting through pictures or editing them, working out or to pass time when you are walking, sitting in public transport or on a road trip. But you should keep in mind that multitasking can cause stress to your brain and make you less efficient when you can’t focus on any of your tasks. So I never try to read and listen at the same time – that’s just not possible.
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