A sailor. A dreamer. A drifter. An intrepid traveller and adventurer. I’m all of these in equal measure, and then I’m some more. I’ve dabbled in a myriad of activities – rock climbing, public speaking, running marathons, ice skating, yoga, learning Spanish, triathlons, mountaineering – all (with the exception of running) in passing, and all with utmost pleasure. Yet, I’ve never pursued any of these avenues any further than I needed to…which indicates my restlessness to move on and experience something new. On the flip side, it also portrays my inability to steer a straight course in life, which most people would think to be a bad thing indeed!
After two decades of working at sea, I migrated to Australia and I settled ashore. I still have a day job and work full time. But my heart and soul has always craved for an alternate lifestyle. With a penchant for exploring the great outdoors, you’d find me rambling in the woods aimlessly, and think that I fit the scenery perfectly. I love to live my life with a large latitude, and I’ve spent many a day unashamedly lazing in the day, whilst my peers chased higher goals and achieved commendable milestones. Those aimless days, I’m glad to note, were not wasted, as those restful moments set me on a path of self-exploration and introspection: a journey which, I’ve realised transcends time and space.
While travelling has always been my first and only true calling, writing is a skill set which I’ve come to realise resonates quite strongly with me as well.
I’ve always been a voracious reader and enjoy most genres without much distinction. However, not surprisingly, I am more attracted towards travel and self-help books; my dog eared and tattered collection of Walden (H.D. Thoreau), Awaken the Giant and Unlimited Power (Tony Robbins), Kon Tiki (Thor Heyerdahl) and Siddhartha (Herman Hesse) are testimony to this fact.
As a natural progression, I’ve found immense happiness when jotting down my thoughts and feelings, most which have not been shared anywhere, but some which have turned up on my blog or on Facebook posts. Most of the topics relate to self help and personal growth, and are aimed at myself as much as they are aimed for the reader.
I created the Evolving Backpacker in 2006 when I was already a hardened backpacker. My blog posts back then revolved around the places I visited and travel tips aimed to assist the intrepid traveller. My writing was sporadic and quite dry, at best.
In 2013, I found the love of my life who turned my life around and converted a self-confessed bachelor and vagabond into a homely person who was more grounded than I’d ever been. She eventually turned out to be the catalyst for all future manifestations which occurred in my life, including migrating to Australia.
Since then, I’ve been blessed with two beautiful children and I live a life of abundance and joy – largely, just the way I’ve imagined.
I’ve established myself as a writer on two platforms: Migrant Ninja – A platform created to help migrants settle in Australia, and where I’ve written and self-published several books in this series.
The second website, which is more recent is my author website – Evolving Wordsmith. I am proud to have written (and published) my first travelogue – Red Earth Diaries, which encompasses our two months backpacking journey in Australia when we first migrated to Australia. My five years of struggle as a writer has given me the impetus to share my experience- so that the reader is inspired to chase his dreams, just like I did.
What skills and qualifications do I have, that give me the right to discuss self-help topics? None.
What major achievements do I have to my name, which gives me the authority to expound upon life’s virtues or preach about motivation? None, once again. While I’ve had a successful life filled with many achievements, none would merit an acknowledgment by anyone other than my own family and friends.
This website is not intended to be a teacher to student discourse. I am not someone who has mastered the art of living or found all the answers to life. We meet as friends – to seek inspiration from each other, and to share our experiences.
Although our journeys may be different, as are our destinations, we think and feel the same. We have our own tribulations, challenges, fears, self-doubt, and personal issues that we deal with on a daily basis. All of us seek a ray of light, a source of inspiration to keep us motivated when the going gets tough; and we all possess a degree of faith, resilience, courage, and compassion which reflects the divinity within us.
I look forward to your company on this amazing journey we call Life, so that we are able to elevate each other to achieve greatness in all that we do.
I wish you all the very best that life has to offer. As Emerson quoted so beautifully: “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
Your travel companion.
“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert