One of the main things people ask me when I tell them about my adventure is “why are you doing this? What are you hoping to achieve?”
The weird thing might be that by doing this I’m hoping to make people realize that if I can do it, anyone can. You don’t have to be very athletic or have camped before in your life to get on a bicycle and decide to ride it around the world. You don’t even need money, just look at this blogpost!
Of course I have strictly selfish goals as well. I want to see the world in the best way I know how, by riding my bicycle. There is something about bicycle touring that I find absolutely magical. You travel at a slow pace that lets you see every little detail in the passing landscape, you get to smell and drink and eat your way across the world in ways that are hard to come by when you’re traveling as a regular tourist. And though you might not appreciate every mountain you come across (I hate climbing hills!), there is no greater feeling than standing at the top knowing that you did it. You made it up to the top, and it was you and no one else did that. It’s the biggest ego boost there is, and it makes you feel invincible.
Life is not always about being strong, I think that feeling strong is the best thing there is.
I have never felt as strong as I did after I left the Aftonbladet studio earlier this week, after my first live-TV appearance. I was so nervous before I went into the studio, but when I came out I felt utterly unbeatable, I felt that I could do absolutely anything I wanted! It’s the best feeling in the world, and I really needed that. A big thank you to everyone that has been saying such nice things about the interview, I can’t even begin to express how much that means to me.