Bit of a personal one from me, straight from Fuerte.
I’m feeling a bit under the weather today, hence the mood. I mean, who hasn’t had these days in 2020/ 2021.
I’m trying to figure out what is actually ‘home’ for me nowadays. In official documents I figure as Polish-British. I really enjoy(ed) having a base in both UK and Poland, and then flying around the world. One thing was constant in my life: moving around. That's changed a bit now...and I'm trying to think what's next.
Warsaw is where my parents live. I love spending a week or two there, seeing my family and friends. Meanwhile, London (pre-covid) was a bustling city, with opportunities I never dreamed of as a kid. That city transformed me from a shy, ugly duckling into a high flying TV producer. But I don’t think TV was ever my one and only goal in life. I like multiple goals. New challenges. Doing. And after 2020, it might seem that home is where my laptop is.
I can work & live anywhere. Surprisingly, for the first time in my life, I’ve got full freedom to decide where and what to become next. It opens up new possibilities for me. Hence my question about searching for ‘home’: with the people I love close around. Or short flight away at least.
Ideally with less airports, 4 flights a week and hotels, which I’ve done for the last 10 years and I got so tired of it. Let me be clear: 100% yes to travel, but focusing on pleasure. I’d love to do more skiing, kiting, flying, experience new things, DO stuff. Simply doing. That’s my motto now.
I used to film in sunny places like Fuerteventura a lot, from Costa Rica to Florida, Sardegna to Sevilla. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember any beaches or sights, just the locations of toilets, quick turn-around lunch places for crew and easy access parking. And I certainly know where to get your oversize luggage at each airport ;-) I did see half the world, but then I just died on the couch. Not much time for doing anything for myself.
I don’t remember views of Caribbean (and I filmed there on multiple occasions). I seemed to have missed out on ‘moments’ from a whole decade. And finally in 2021, I’m consciously enjoying doing things for myself and sharing it with people who I’ve met on the island. And it feels good. I’ve got a balance.
On that note, I do have to say a big 'thank you' to Covid (I'm aware how that sounds!) and remote working, and the flexible way TV production is structured nowadays.
I still work but get the immediate reward of vino or walk by the ocean. A big life hug. I was too tired to do all that for so long and life happened in between. But what I’ve so far learnt on the island, I don’t want my life happening in between anymore. I am finally enjoying every moment and feeling grateful for it. So let’s see what life brings! Excited ;-)