Breaking away from conformity to live a life you desire!

It was only 3 weeks ago, that I was living a life of conformity. Stressing about managing my day around work, asking myself day in and day out why school didn’t come as easy for me as it did for my peers, and living a life of predictability; knowing that the most exciting thing I would do was take my motorcycle for a ride into the surrounding sceneries of my home town about 30 miles east from San Francisco.

Since a young age, my intuition was always telling me “this isn’t how life should be lived”, but in the moment of a young undeveloped mind with societies views of respect and don’t question authority, go to school, get a good job and play into the system while paying your taxes and abiding by state and federal laws being forced upon me, caused me to constantly rebel against oppression and live a life as if I were desperately trying to break away from some type of illusionary jail that I was locked into with no way of escaping. No one ever understood why I would act like I did, hell I didn’t even understand really. My parents would put me in therapy thinking there was something wrong with me but really, now looking back at it I just wanted to live FREE and CREATE a life with no boundaries or someone else telling me what I can or cannot do.

Traveling from Thailand and now Greece, i’ve come across alooooot of like minded people all chasing the same dreams to CREATE a life of freedom from being an economic slave and the ability to manifest greatness in which ever shape or form they desire.

Here’s my advice to you:

Have you ever heard of that saying “don’t shit where you sleep”, well on a bigger scale that’s how inspiration and growth work. For example: If you were born and raised in a city such as Walnut Creek (my hometown) or wherever you might reside, you have adapted to a culture and way of thinking different than someone from Istanbul, Turkey; let’s say. I believe a common goal for every human is the desire to create, that could mean to invent something, create a service that helps others, create a business that gains you recognition in your field or whatever it might be we all desire to create just like we dream to one day create a family with kids and grand kids who grow up to be masters in which ever fields they choose. Anyways, anyone can become ridiculously successful and inspired if you just spread your wings and  spread your knowledge/skills/passions beyond your comfort zone.

American’s tend to be more aggressive, outgoing and riskier than say Chinese, but chinese tend to be more patient, ethical and feed off simplicity compared to American’s when it comes to business. So, if you had a business idea, instead of competing against your own breed, spread your wings and give China a different approach as well as learn from them about how they manage their lives, careers and that won’t only make your more diversified but you will fill a piece in your puzzle towards fulfillment by spreading your self worth and appreciation on a way broader scale.

Point is, Get out! break free from thinking on such a small scale and think globally! there are so many untouched ideas waiting to manifest if you just got out and looked at them from a different perspective! learn to become fearless because what doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger. You don’t need a degree to be great, and you don’t need someone else’s approval on how to live. Because once you feel your own inner greatness, those who once looked away, won’t help but look back in astonishment!;)

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Athens, Greece – Where the name Kosta is no longer the minority

From the scrubby clothes necessary for the adventures, jungles and slums of Asia; I now switch gears and adapt to the cultures of Greece!! The emotions felt as I leaped off the plane were through the roof! After being raised my whole life a die hard, traditional Greek and to finally be touching the land where my ancestors once roamed, was a very proud and intrinsically powerful  moment.

It’s weird but the greek my Yiayia taught me when I was a youngin is started to dust itself off from the archives and into reality;) I find myself understanding aloooooot more than I can speak, however coming from Asia where I was damn near walking around deaf and dumb due to the language barrier, you can only imagine how confident and willing to get wild I am here. Kind of random, but I was walking around downtown yesterday looking to stuff my gut with an authentic Gyro and out of no where a lady approached me with her card, offering me to join a international men’s physique competition! It was like the universe was working with me and that I was “meant to be” in Greece, at this time in my life. I’m currently looking at volunteering gigs through organizations like workaway.info and helpx.com because I’m thinking about committing a good amount of time here but it’s just so damn expensive!

A wise man once told me that I was the reincarnated soul of Achilles... but I don't know;) (me and eli)
A wise man once told me that I was the reincarnated soul of Achilles… but I don’t know;) (me and eli)
Group of Asians once again came to the rescue! I had no map and little directions and these guys came through with a route to get to my hostel:) super chill group of individuals!
Group of Asians once again came to the rescue! I had no map and little directions and these guys came through with a route to get to my hostel:) super chill group of individuals!

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Syntagma Square - where the capital building and all the protests have been happening.. Here's a street vendor selling some goods
Syntagma Square – where the capital building and all the protests have been happening.. Here’s a street vendor selling some goods
Syntagma square graffiti from the riots and protets!
Syntagma square graffiti from the riots and protets!
View from where Eli and I got some coffee and lounged back over some good conversation!
View from where Eli and I got some coffee and lounged back over some good conversation!
Police present due to the heavy political protests on Syntagma Square. Search it up on Google!
Police present due to the heavy political protests on Syntagma Square. Search it up on Google!
African vendors selling fake LV, Gucci and whatever else
African vendors selling fake LV, Gucci and whatever else

Rock-Climbing Koh Phi Phi’s finest (video included)

So, as I mentioned in my scuba diving post; I came to Koh Phi Phi with two goals. #1 to scuba dive and #2 wanting to rock-climb these spectacular views that I most likely will never get a chance at again. Well, MISSION COMPLETE:)

Bonus: I happened to get the chance to climb with a well respected German climber by the name of Svan! he was the one taking all the pics of me, so shout out to him or else I would have had no pictures to share! super chill dude, who was really encouraging and was a peak to watch dance up the mountain. Wish I remembered to get a picture with him for memories:/ so long my German friend, and safe travels.

Ocean views from half way up.. 100% breath taking
Ocean views from half way up.. 100% breath taking
Here's the face of the rock we climbed. pretty cool right?
Here’s the face of the rock we climbed. pretty cool right?
peaking for the camera
peaking for the camera;)
chill action pic with views of both land and sea!
chill action pic with views of both land and sea!
getting up there! mom's going to be rocking in her chair when she see's this haha
getting up there! mom is going to be rocking in her chair when she see’s this haha
don't look downnnnnnn!
don’t look downnnnnnn!

Krabi Province – living with the locals

With setting an initial goal, of never falling into pattern or adapting to any means of a “comfort zone”, it came time to push the boundaries, and immerse myself into the lively hood of the Thai people in Krabi Province. I spent a rough 5 hours, cruising the streets on my mo-ped, searching for the beaten path that would lead me into the unmarked territory where no tourist has gone.

I reached my goal, and had some stories along the way:)

3 super down to earth girls I dormed with from England. Jenny, Charlette and Amy. These girls are some respectable women, traveling the world for almost a year now and not even 21!
3 super down to earth girls I dormed with from England. Jenny, Charlette and Amy. These girls are some respectable women, traveling the world for almost a year now and not even 21!
Here's a pic of a mafia home. Can't really tell from the pic but there's about 20+ gambling and drinking under the over hang. They weren't ok with me taking pics so i just took one and zoomed off haha
Here’s a pic of a mafia home. Can’t really tell from the pic but there’s about 20+ gambling and drinking under the over hang. They weren’t ok with me taking pics so i just took one and zoomed off haha
food vendors are the way to go if your eating on a budget. $3 will get me about 3 chicken skewers which will do me good for a couple of hours.
food vendors are the way to go if your eating on a budget. $3 will get me about 3 chicken skewers which will do me good for a couple of hours.
this guy saved me big time. I was 30 something miles out from where my hostel was, caught in another monsoon. If it wasn't for his help who knows when or how I would have made it back.
this guy saved me big time. I was 30 something miles out from where my hostel was, caught in another monsoon. If it wasn’t for his help who knows when or how I would have made it back.
couple of young girls playing hop scotch on their school playground.
couple of young girls playing hop scotch on their school playground.
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cruising through the ghetto like what it doooo
back country
back country
back country part 2 no tourists allowed
back country part 2 no tourists allowed

Scuba Diving!! another check off the bucket list

After a quick decision to migrate east to Koh Phi Phi Island, followed by a rough night in Krabi Province. I had only two things on my mind, #1 to go rock-climbing and #2, was to strap up the oxygen tank, slide on my mermaid (or in this case) merman fins, and explore the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Met some inspiring instructors who travel the world as scuba instructors from season to season, never settling just living in the bliss of the moment. Tim, a 31 year old man from Argentina has been traveling the world since he was 21 and has been funding his travels through import/exporting silver and crafting art out of coconut shells! I couldn’t believe it, he’s now a full time scuba instructor who has life stories that would intrigue even a Vietnam war vet;)

Wish I had a water proof camera:/

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Captains Pit
Captains Pit
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Dive site #1
Dive site #2
Dive site #2
these 3 gave me an abdominal workout like no other.. all laughs and smiles. Sue got spooked by the black nose sharks though it was comedy haha

Elephant Trekking – Koh Samui

During my ride along the 4 corners of the island, I passed by a sign reading, “Elephant TREKKING 600 Baht 30 Minutes!” and instantly felt pulled towards the idea; that’s the perk of having no plans, everything is spontaneous and exciting! These guys had a ridiculous amount of emotion and conscious signs of awareness, the baby was legitimately crying from having her left leg tied down too.SAM_0189

Ko Samui – Soaking it all in

Here’s some pictures & videos of day number two, on Ko Samui Island. I rented a motor bike for 3 days, so, I’ve primarily just been cruising around and trying to soak up the culture; and man is it a freakin trip getting lost in another country, or what?! Relying on nothing but instinct and intuition I some how came out of each down fall so far. Things get stressful out here for sure, especially being by myself and having minimal communication with locals because of the language barrier, but my patience and perseverance are at it’s peak. Living a life so far %100 free from all security is exceptionally thrilling and forces you to stay in the moment; or at one with yourself to you spiritual guru’s reading this. Enjoy the PICTURES!

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Chalee Villa. Staying here for 3 nights. $30 a night
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Beach that rests in front of my Bungalow
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Gas is $1.26 a gallon in US dollar for 91 octane!
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Grandfather rock! (grandfather because it resembles a penis)
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Big Buddha Temple

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Pictures & Videos of my trip to Koh Samui Island!

Feeling like I have the whole world in my arms! breathe taking views all around me.

IMG_3329First time eating duck! These bad boys are surprisingly very tinder and tasty.. even ended up going back a couple hours after this pic for another entree because it was so delicious.

Some urban soccer at it’s finest!

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Truth is, I used this pic as an excuse to spark conversation with these 2 girls at the train station while waiting for my train to Surat Thani.. the good ol’ “Excuse me, can you take a pic of me really quick?” never fails;)

IMG_3354Here was my sleeping accommodations from the 12 hour train ride. It was a rough night to say the least.

IMG_3363Some friends I met on the train:) This specific pic was taken in the party cart where they would serve food, alcohol and play music until about 11pm.

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Always wanted to do this! glad I was able to in such beautiful scenery

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IMG_3425Big Buddha Beach. Northern part of Ko Samui