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How a dog has accomplished what society has failed to achieve for years!

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This is Bella. She is an old dog with a remarkable story. In fact, she has achieved, what many people have failed to achieve! Let me tell you her story:

Bella is an outside – dog and besides that, a good guard dog. One day, her owners went out and left her chained up. This is when it happened… No one knows, how it happened…

When the owners came back to the house, Bella wouldn’t jump up to greet them, like she normally would. In fact, she just sat there not being able to move. Even when they let her off the chain, she couldn’t move. The reason for this is, that she popped her back out and got paralyzed in her back legs. No one knows why. It must have been a rapid movement and the chain holding her back.

Either way, the odds didn’t look good for Bella and the vets advised to put her down. But neither the owners, nor Bella herself just wanted to give up. So, they put her in a pool to train her legs day by day and Bella fought and fought and fought, until one day, she was able to move her legs again. The unbelievable had happened.

Now, she is fully able to walk and run again. It might look a bit funny, but that doesn’t bother the dog at all. She is the happiest dog, I’ve ever seen. You can see her smiling and if you talk to her, she will talk back. An extraordinary character, that many humans should all take as a role model.

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“It’s too hard” or “it’s impossible” are common excuses, but examples like the story of Bella prove that absolutely NOTHING is impossible!! Buy that plane ticket, that takes you into the unknown. Let go of that person, that brings you down. Start learning, what you always wanted to learn. It’s only a small step, leading to the biggest step towards actual “life”. We were not meant to stay in our bubbles. Take chances, get out of your bubble and break free!

Why don’t we all go out there and start living? Why don’t we all find our purpose to live? Working every single day until we die is not living! Where are your dreams? Where are the changes? Where is the willpower? Where is life?? Never stop believing in yourself! Never stop dreaming! Start living!

You can do anything you want if you really want it! There is always a way! 💕

Dani

P.S.: A quick update on my life: While I was invited to a birthday party and met up with a friend, that I met a year ago in Australia, I realised, how small the world actually is. It also gave me faith, that I actually might meet all those lovely, that I’ve met in Australia and New Zealand, somewhere else in the world again. The world is small! :))

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But again, a massive “thank you” to my girl Esmee and her family, for sending me this awesome early Christmas present!! It made me extremely happy!! 😊😙

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Leap of pride!

Hey Guys, what’s up?!

Well, I don’t know .. I really don’t know what to think about the Kiwis… on the one hand, they are super caring, lovely people. I got offered a lift, for instance, when I was standing on the side of the road with all my luggage, waiting for the girls I bought the car from or I just got an upgrade for a large instead of a small hot chocolate, just by telling them about my day… Just little things like that 💕 But then on the other hand… I got pulled over by a police officer for going to slow!!! Yes, you have read correctly. I was going like 10ks too slow, causing the van behind me to get a ticket for crawling up my a**!! What the hell?! And you know why?? Cause the roads here are super narrow and windy, going along cliffs and over mountains… and they make you go 100!! Plus, it says every 5ks “Slow down, high crash zone!!” Sorry, police officer, I’m gonna make sure I go 100 next time while falling off the cliff.. super ridiculous!! I didn’t get a ticket or anything when I explained that I’m not that confident driving on roads like that yet. In Australia, you have people going slow all the time and they don’t even have an excuse!! Anyway, the officer liked to make me feel a little more uncomfortable by constantly pointing out that the van behind me got a ticket just because of me… Thanks, officer! You’ve encouraged me to speed, sir!!

It was not my day anyway. I got everything in my car set up. Not the prettiest or best car, but it does the job. Here a few pics:

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I did what I had to do and started my travels up to “Northland”. First stop: “Black sand beach” in Muriwai. Yeah, I’m not a massive fan of beaches, hence, I didn’t stay long, but it was still cool to see a “black beach” and the black sand was beautifully sparkly ***

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But the Kiwi’s are weird man, I tell ya…  I was just on my way to the ” Waipu Caves”, when I saw a guy cleaning someone’s windscreen. Not such a weird scenario, you might think, but what if I told you that all this happened at a red traffic light and the guy cleaning the windscreen was a stranger to the guy driving the car!! Sort of like a pitstop!! This made my day!! Absolutely hilarious! I was next in line, but unfortunately, it had turned green already 😀

So I continued to the caves. The road got crazy again.  The last 5ks were offroad, along a narrow edge. Oh, and basically it was a one-way road… at least at some parts. It was a bit like Russian Roulette..you’ve got a 50/50 chance of dying by a car hitting you while driving around that corner! BUT I gotta make sure I’m going full 100 guys!! Better sorry than safe, hey?! 😛

Anyway, the caves were really wet. Everything was muddy and my torch wasn’t really bright enough for an excursion deeper into the cave. I didn’t see any glowworms either. What I did see, was a big spider right above my head. They follow you everywhere!! The caves were still really great to see though! And you can access them without a guide at your own risk, which is kinda a really rare thing over here. So, I played around with my camera a little bit and look at the picture I took! Now I finally know how that works. Next time, I’ll take a picture like that on purpose! 😀

Next stop was the “Hundertwasser public toilets” in Kawakawa. No joke, they are a tourist attraction!! An Austrian guy named Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who immigrated to New Zealand, made this his final project using his special and unique style of architecture. They were definitely special and I really enjoyed going into these public toilets, which I usually don’t!  This guy definitely knows about standing out of the crowd. My respect! A beautiful piece of architecture!!

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Do you know what it feels like to get circled by chooks?? I do! I just wanted to get out of my van to go and explore the “Haruru Falls”, but unfortunately I couldn’t get out cause I was surrounded by a dozen roosters and chickens!! Was not as hilarious as it sounds, but I just jumped out at some point and managed to get down to the falls! Due to the fact that it constantly rains over here, the falls were 10x stronger than usual! Definitely worth a visit!

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Anyway, I drove on! Up to the northernmost point New Zealand’s. It took me ages to get there and the road was super windy!! Perfect for people with motion sickness!! You know, it was only like 200ks. It would have taken me an hour and a half maybe to drive that distance on Australian roads, but here it took me like 3 hours because roads are just super dangerous!! I eventually made it to the top and still missed that little adventure… no water crossings, no corrugations, no dirt, no mud… but you can’t have everything 😛 Instead I passed massive sheep stations, which was also worth it! Anyone wanna offer me a job?! I’m almost out of money 😀

Whatever Cape Reinga was beautiful though!! I don’t like beaches and coasts, but this one was impressive. This is where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet! It was also suuuuper windy though! Taking pictures of yourself when you’re by yourself is already hard… but the wind brought the thing to a whole new level!! 😀

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If you ever wondered about the weather at night, I can tell you it’s freezing! -3 degrees and I’m sleeping in my car!! And we all should know that frost is even colder than snow! Yeah, I’ve got a pretty awesome sleep! 😛 Oh, and guess what: my heating is not working … you can start shaming me now! I take it… 😛

It was finally sunny during the day though! So we decided to go to Raglan, a surfer hotspot. Well, we don’t surf and it was freezing anyway, but the beach was still nice! It was another “Black sand beach”, but I noticed something… The sea is a bit too calm for surfing! There were no waves at all 😛

So we walked along the beach for a while and then 265 steps up and down to get to the “Bridal Veil Falls”. Yep, we ’re pretty active that day in contrast to the day before 😀 It was a pretty waterfall! About 50 metres high and quite strong due to heaps of rain! Unfortunately, we passed another horrible accident on the way out. This is the second I’ve seen since I’ve been living on the road… It definitely stresses you out mentally…

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Because where else would I be able to get back into my 4 wheel driving, if not in the extreme sports capital?!

I’m back in my element!  So, we joined this Bush safari – 4×4 track in Rotorua that definitely gives you an adrenaline rush! It takes about an hour taking you to multiple obstacles like deeper water crossings, the “bridge under construction”, which was basically a log on one side only, an obstacle that brings your 4wd into a 45-degree angle without rolling over or “the luge”, which is the craziest one! You drive downhill at an 80-degree angle in “neutral”!! This was soo much fun!! Can highly recommend! Proves once more that 4 wheel driving is definitely my thing!!
But it also proves that it’s justified to have trust issues! The guide that helped us throughout the track, made it really hard for me to trust him after giving us a leave of the so-called “bubblegum tree”. It’s edible and supposed to taste like bubblegum… in the beginning… then the taste turns into pepper. Of course, he didn’t tell us until we were all chewing on the leave already…  ewwh 😛

The trust issues continued when he started shaking the car while we were hanging in a 45-degree angle, telling us that you shouldn’t put your car in a bigger angle than 40 degrees if you don’t want to roll over 😀 Well and then it still didn’t stop. On the so-called “Luge” the obstacle that forces you to drive straight down a hill in an 80 degree angle, he made us drive right to the edge, put the car in neutral and then asked us to do multiple “brake tests”, bringing us closer and closer to the point, where brakes don’t work anymore! He kept going, though, because he didn’t want to give us a chance to decide ourselves when we want to start rolling down that hill, so during the last “brake test” he gave us a little push! That was a pure adrenaline rush!! Throughout the track the kept putting signs up like “parachutes for hire” or ” underwear for sale” just to make it a little more fun! 4 wheel driving is definitely my thing! Makes me happy! One day I’m gonna own my own high clearance 4wd.

But, Rotorua’s geothermal activity, on the other hand, is an awesome way to warm up in one of their 40-degree hot pools!! Definitely what I needed after a freezing night! I couldn’t handle it too well though since I almost fainted when I got out of the hot into the cold 😀 Don’t worry, I’m fine now!

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I’m fine now, but I wasn’t for long since it was the day of our bungy jump!! Ahhh!!! I had to go into sort of a “birdcage” hanging from a crane, 43 m in height! It was just me and the instructor up there. While standing on the edge, I was 150% convinced, I wouldn’t do it! I was scared to death and I’ve got no idea what sort of higher powers made me actually jump when he counted “3..2..1..BUNGY!”!! Felt like a leap into death because you can’t feel that you’re attached to anything! Well actually you can, because the velcro around my calves was so tight, I could not even feel my legs anymore 😛 The first leap was not even the worst! As soon as you start bouncing back up and down, even faster… that’s when you should start screaming!! On the way back down, they just let you hang on that rope and let the cage down slowly. They grab your hands and pull you on your back and at that exact moment..  you know you survived!!

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Watch my “leap of pride” here:

Always remember: If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space! 😉

Just do it!

Cheers,
Dani

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Why I chose to travel

Hey guys!!

I know, this is not my usual blog day, but I still felt the urge to share this with you and let you know what I think..  Maybe this will make you think, like it made me think…

This is an article I found on Facebook. It includes a letter of a cancer – diagnosed young man with a message to the world… Have a read through it first…

Letter From A Dying 24-Year-Old

Most of us go through our days on autopilot, not really living, but merely existing. We have so much outwardly, but feel so empty and lost on the inside. We allow our minds to keep us up late at night, mulling over things that don’t really matter in the end, such as bills, money, what others think of us, etc.

Why do we do this to ourselves? 

Of course, none of us truly knows the answers and what happens to us after this life, and we’ve all been thrown into the same boat. How we navigate this life, however, and the choices we make along the way, define our character and existence. Our experiences and choices shape us, but many of us spend our lives locked into commitments chasing money and power and stability instead of digging deep within us.

We count down the hours on the clock until we can go home for the day, rest, and do it all again the next day. We run around all chasing something, and wake up one day wondering why we even chased it. It may not matter to you now what you do with each day of your life, but maybe this advice from a dying 24-year-old will give you a wake up call.

He posted his story on a Reddit thread, and ever since, it’s gone viral. We hope you will take some wisdom away from this young man, and realize that we only have a short time on this planet. We may as well make the most of it, and love and live as authentically as we possibly can before our time is up.

Read on for the letter, and share it far and wide if you feel inclined to do so.

“I am only 24 years old, yet I have actually already chosen my last tie. It’s the one that I will wear on my funeral a few months from now. It may not match my suit, but I think it’s perfect for the occasion.

The cancer diagnosis came too late to give me at least a tenuous hope for a long life, but I realized that the most important thing about death is to ensure that you leave this world a little better than it was before you existed with your contributions . The way I’ve lived my life so far, my existence or more precisely the loss of it, will not matter because I have lived without doing anything impactful.

Before, there were so many things that occupied my mind. When I learned how much time I had left, however, it became clear which things are really important. So, I am writing to you for a selfish reason. I want to give meaning to my life by sharing with you what I have realized:

– Don’t waste your time on work that you don’t enjoy. It is obvious that you cannot succeed in something that you don’t like. Patience, passion, and dedication come easily only when you love what you do.

– It’s stupid to be afraid of others’ opinions. Fear weakens and paralyzes you. If you let it, it can grow worse and worse every day until there is nothing left of you, but a shell of yourself. Listen to your inner voice and go with it. Some people may call you crazy, but some may even think you‘re a legend.

– Take control of your life Take full responsibility for the things that happen to you. Limit bad habits and try to lead a healthier life. Find a sport that makes you happy. Most of all, don’t procrastinate. Let your life be shaped by decisions you made, not by the ones you didn’t.

– Appreciate the people around you. Your friends and relatives will always be an infinite source of strength and love. That is why you shouldn’t take them for granted.

 It is difficult for me to fully express my feelings about the importance of these simple realizations, but I hope that you will listen to someone who has experienced how valuable time is.

I’m not upset because I understand that the last days of my life have become meaningful. I only regret that I will not be able to see a lot of cool stuff that should happen soon like the creation of AI, or Elon Musk’s next awesome project. I also hope that the war in Syria and Ukraine will end soon.

We care so much about the health and integrity of our body that until death, we don’t notice that the body is nothing more than a box – a parcel for delivering our personality, thoughts, beliefs and intentions to this world. If there is nothing in this box that can change the world, then it doesn’t matter if it disappears. I believe that we all have potential, but it also takes a lot of courage to realize it.

You can float through a life created by circumstances, missing day after day, hour after hour. Or, you can fight for what you believe in and write the great story of your life. I hope you will make the right choice.

Leave a mark in this world. Have a meaningful life, whatever definition it has for you. Go towards it. The place we are leaving is a beautiful playground, where everything is possible. Yet, we are not here forever. Our life is a short spark in this beautiful little planet that flies with incredible speed to the endless darkness of the unknown universe. So, enjoy your time here with passion. Make it interesting. Make it count!

Thank you!

You know… I agree with this guy 100%!! And he deserves all my respect for making this public!! I don’t wanna blame him in any way, we’re all the same! And I’m  not seeking for attention right now either!! We all just live our lives day by day, doing the same thing, going to the same 9-5 job, doing the same chores on the weekend, only living for the day to go past as soon as possible only for it to repeat itself in the exact same way the next day..

It’s always “one day..”. The dreams are there, but you always find an excuse to push it into the background again. “I need to work” or “I don’t have money” or “I need to pass this exam” etc..  “One day I want to…”..  Yes, these things are important, but there is prove that you can go far without following the crowd!! You know, “one day” we’re all gonna die, “one day” you might get sick… you can’t influence these factors. It’s gonna happen.. what you can influence is that dream in your head!! That “one day I wanna go and see the world” etc.. We all gotta wake up!! Live your dream before it’s too late!! Do what you always wanted! Reach for the stars!! NOTHING is impossible!! You just gotta fight for it!! Wake up and get out of your comfort zone!!!

People will probably laugh at me now, thinking about why I have the right to tell people to wake up!! Well, this is the story behind my travels and I’m extremely uncomfortable making this public,  but it might inspire people..

4 years ago, my mom passed away from cancer. She always had this big dream right in front of her eyes: “I wanna see Australia! I wanna live my dream!”. Nothing ever seemed like she would actually go to Australia, until one day she decided to wake up and start saving for this big trip!! She always put the need of her kids first, but on this one day, she decided to put herself first!! She saved for days, months, years and she could have financed her travels at some point until one day, it hit us all.. she got diagnosed with cancer..  I don’t wanna give any details, but 6 months later she passed away. And she never went on that plane..

This made me wake up!!! It effected me extremely.. I mentally changed. Turned into an emotional mess, not being able to cope.. Again, no further details.. BUT I woke up!! I did my research and booked the flight!! This was always OUR dream!! My mom and me, we were always dreaming about this!! I didn’t have much money at all! In fact, I was basically broke the day I arrived in Australia, BUT I managed to pull myself through and live my dream, OUR dream! With my mom right in my heart, always protecting me..

This is the main reason for my travels that barely anyone knows about…

YOU CAN DO IT! If you really want something, you’ll find a way, if you don’t want it, you’ll find an excuse.

So everyone, please, stop talking about it and start doing it!! Life is too unpredictable! Make yourself a bucket list and work on it! Live your life, before it’s too late. Make the difference…

Think about it ..

Dani

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