Turning 29 really makes me feel the pressure of time flying by. I have been toying with the idea of starting a blog for a while now, but what really made up my mind was the nice long conversation I had with my parents yesterday evening after enjoying our favorite almond cake, celebrating my 29th birthday.
I love listening to my parents talk about their past experiences. My Hungarian dad met my Russian mom while studying in the Soviet Union, and he started talking about the difficulties of moving to a new country without a decent command of the local language. He and his twin brother kept sending a letter home every single week during the 5 years. It took weeks for a letter to arrive from Saint Petersburg to the little Hungarian village my father was from, and I’m sure they could have spent this extra time and money on doing some fun stuff, but they knew how much happiness it brought to their mom, who was always looking forward to reading their lines.
I got so excited hearing about this, it would have been such an interesting read for me! But apparently his sister, while cleaning out the attic, found the letters, and after labeling them as “trash”, they all got burnt to ashes. I still cannot wrap my head around this… I was literally devastated, and I could tell that my dad was also pretty sad about it. He would have loved to re-read his stories, filling in some missing puzzle pieces in his memories.
And this made me realize just how much I’ve been procrastinating. I have been traveling and experiencing a lot, especially in the past 2 years. I have also been experimenting with my workout and nutrition regime for well over 15 years now, but I couldn’t stay consistent with my paper-based journaling efforts, causing a lot of my dear memories to fade. Not to mention that maybe one day my kids will also want to read more about my life, and a blog is not something you can throw on fire. Not yet, at least.
So, I figured that there is no better time to start than NOW.
I believe that despite the personal nature of this blog, most posts will have some valuable and credible information on my favorite topics – fitness, nutrition, travel, career, studies, movie and product reviews, self-development, psychology, interesting stories etc.
Now, I’m a very careful person when it comes to promises since I have found that life just loves throwing curveballs at the most unexpected moments, but the one thing I can guarantee right now is that every single post on this blog will be written by me. I won’t pay any freelancers to provide BS articles for me, even if it will mean less than ideal consistency. I’m emphasizing this because I really am fed up with all the bland and practically useless blogs I come across on a regular basis nowadays that lack even the most basic level of fact checking.
Yesterday, after the chat with my parents, I went on watching Before We Go, and reminding me of another movie, I did a quick search for “before we go vs before sunrise”. I found an article on bustle stating the following:
“(…) Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy play two students who meet on a train and decide to spend a night together wandering around Prague. (…)”
Whoever wrote this has either not even taken the time to watch Before Sunrise, or could simply not remember it well enough. Whatever the reason of getting the location wrong, a 5-second online search, revealing that the story actually takes place in Vienna, is the least the readers deserve. In my opinion.
And I will do my best to deliver quality over quantity on my blog, just like in any other area of my life 🙂