What I learned from my 2-day solo trip in Gothenburg

Architect Sou Fujimoto, speaker for the #NordicArchitectureFair
When you travel to a new place, it's impossible not to learn. You will always, by any means, bring something with you back home. 

Just yesterday, I was in Gothenburg to attend the Nordic Architecture Fair 2017. It was a 2-day conference and exhibit jam-packed with architects, town planners, developers, property owners, engineers, exhibitors and students to share expertise and learn about the future of architecture and the society. It was totally overwhelming being in that kind of event. Mainly because for me, meeting with prominent architects in the Nordic region is like meeting celebrities. It was far beyond words can explain! Another reason is that, there's a lot of interesting topics and ideas to take in, you wish you could get them stay in your head for just too long. 

Okay, now you ask me, what I learned, aside from design strategies and so much technicalities? Here are some take aways from my 2 days in Gothenburg.

1. Just do it

Honestly, attending events like this where I had to be in my professional hat is still a struggle for me. It feels like attending an arena filled with lions waiting for a meat and I'm that tender meat! Well, quite exaggerated but perhaps some of you may know the feeling. 

But you know, Just Do It! Life is too short to be so timid and not do the things you wanted because of fear you might do it wrong. Just do it sister/brother! Don't miss your chance to be awesome as you are! 

2. Angels are everywhere

Some people get paranoid when a woman travels solo. Honestly, I fear for myself too at times. But every time I do it,  I just realized that there's a lot of good souls out there willing to help. If you get lost or don't know how to get to your destination, don't be afraid to ask. There are angels everywhere. 

3. Be proud of your origin, wherever you go

When I attended this event, I expected to meet mostly Scandinavians. I was surprised to have met a fellow filipino who actually gave a talk about sustainable cities. I was completely blown away and felt extremely proud of being a filipino. He was very nice too by the way.  

4. Pay it forward

They say, you learn more when you teach or share. True for me. From traveling solo, I learned more of the person I want to be. I learned that I should take responsibility of my life. If I get off track, it's all on me. I am responsible of pulling myself back up again.

Three months ago I lost my enthusiasm. I feel my confidence was sliding back down. Anyone could go through that same feeling I had. We could all get messed up, but we don't need to beat ourselves up over it. Remember, you're alive! The chances of you and me being born is mind blowing figures. So pay the world something in return! 

Don't just exist. Live! Make your life worth it. 
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