This is something I still try to find out myself.
My name is Beda Schmid, but that is not such an important detail, right?
I am on Facebook, if that helps you to get an idea of who or what I am, I sometimes draw, take pictures… and what not everyone else does, I do it probably too.
Except, maybe, I am not living life the classic way. Actually, I think I can be arrogant enough to say, I am living a dream.
Born in Switzerland, I grew up in Italy, on a Farm run by my parents, where I completed primary and secondary school, and then went back to Switzerland to complete my education with an apprenticeship as Boatbuilder, specialised in Wooden Boats.
After that, I worked as Concrete Constructor, Gardener, Crane Driver, Bricklayer, Carpenter and other professions as employed worker.
Becoming tired of that “ordinary” life, and due to my interest in travelling (and several other things), I left Switzerland in 2012 with the idea to… well, I had not much of an idea.
I did not “want this” anymore, and wanted something else in my life. The main goal back then simply was, to reach Barcelona within nine months, to catch a cruise ship to Miami, for which I had bought a Ticket in advance. And, to not stand up at 6 AM so to work the next 9-12 hours, to pay some bills and taxes with the earned money.
Within a year I travelled across Europe on the Path of Santiago de Compostela, and then across the Ocean to the New World, where I used and improved my Language skills as well as my Handicraft knowledge to live and survive (yeah, money does not fall from trees). Mainly I worked in Hostels, or on Farms, or as Bartender.
At the verge of being completely broke (by then I lived in Argentina), I started to work for a Remote Company that produces several WordPress Plugins. Yeah, I became what they call a “Digital Nomad” nowadays. It was a huge turnaround in my life, as suddenly I had more than enough income, to move when and to where I wanted. And I can generate that income onTheGo!
I’m still on the road, sometimes slower, sometimes faster, and I’m still finding myself, and answers to whatever questions I have… I’m living my life, the best way possible.
I’m practically living “the dream”, so what?
That’s something that grew in my mind over the time. The first time I thought of it, was when I registered this Website, in southern France, in 2012. A Yugoslavian Gipsy recommended me to document my travel, especially the hike from Switzerland to Spain, so I thought to set up a Travel Blog.
I won’t go into too much detail about the philosophy and ideas behind Undenk Project, if there are any, as this here should be a Travel Blog, and not a Public Manifesto.
If you want to know more details, I suggest you read the of Undenk Project
“Undenk” is a word that has been coined by George Orwell in his book “1984“. I have chosen it because for me it describes a way of thinking, and living, that is not always “mainstream”, and it sounds similar to the German term “Umdenken”, which means to “rethink”, or better, “change how you think”.
The reason I left my home, and with it, very much of its safety and comfort, was mainly a great wish to travel and “do what I want when I want”. My life in Switzerland was determined mostly by work, bills and other typical social “musts”. I always believed that this is overkill. We work and save for what, exactly? We cannot take the savings with us when we die. And we could die any day. Why should I run after something that I cannot be sure to have the time to enjoy one day when I could do what I want right here and now?
Undenk is a term that, for me, describes the way I try to live. It’s a project, but not a common one, that’s why I chose the grammatically incorrect form of “Projeqt”. Undenk Projeqt in the begin was just a “vision”. Nowadays, I am happy to say that I am not anymore the only one who’s (trying to) living this idea, and actively “builds” this idea.
The main idea is to do what I want, or, not to do what I do not want. To not loose time in silly daily society-driven actions, but to enjoy and explore this great playground we live in! I think Undenk Projeqt is different from the “typical” out steppers Projects, because I don’t think aggressive, or even passive attack to an existing System is a good idea. Instead, I believe that living an idea, and letting this idea growing as you live it, is the only way to exist in the way I want, without hurting someone else, or getting hurt by someone else.
Undenk means to look after oneself; it means to make your rules and to take responsibility for the consequences.
Undenk also means to find yourself, and discover what individual core elements of our kind mean to oneself.
It means not to complain about the adverse circumstances in a particular System, instead, show that it can be done differently, or if not, fail while trying and start fresh – change. If I don’t want a System to dictate me my life, I also need to accept the consequences, which can be not to be part of that system when I need its help. Undenk means to take the best from all “worlds” and mix them to a new way of living.
If I don’t want a System to dictate me my life, I also need to accept the consequences, which can be not to be part of that system when I need its help. Undenk means to take the best from all “worlds” and mix them to a new way of living. Undenk means to be open for new things, and accept other things that work fine.
It means to redefine your beliefs maybe, and never give up trying again. I believe, and experience, in an active force that covers us, if we do what our heart commands. As long we do what we feel we need to do, the path will be hard maybe, but also valuable.
Undenk Projeqt tries to find and define a new form of living, a unique kind: the one you want.
It does not require you to live by certain Rules or Dogmas. It just means, do what you want, and how you want. Don’t do things because a particular institution (be it governmental, social or even personal pride) dictates them. Take the best and leave the worst. Live and dream, live your dreams and imagine your life as if every day would be the last one.
Taking the best, and leaving the worst, also means to accept that the current Ruling System provides many great things. Ordinary “out steppers” always either criticise and neglect all aspects of an individual system and build on the absolute correctness of their new idea of how we should live. Then, they often will try to impose their new System over the rest of the World. I believe this is wrong.
I believe this is incorrect.
Undenk is actively influenced by Systemics, a form of viewing at our environments as a whole, which we are part of, and everything is connected. This allows me to work in IT, taking advantage of all the technologic achievements of the System I stepped partially out of, while simultaneously exploring things, that I cannot explore if I would be fully immersed in that System.
As an example, I also worked in tourism. Hence I took advantage of the possibility of this system that lets people travel. If this system did not exist, no tourists would have come to the hostels I worked in, resulting in me not having a salary to survive. This is just one example, of accepting what is, and try to “do the best” out of it.
I don’t pay insurances, but I will also not get a pension eventually with 65 years old, and I also have no rights to tell someone, it’s wrong to pay it.
If that person chooses to go that path, it’s fine; even if it will require a System that provides those securities. As long that is what the person wants, it’s fine. Undenk Projeqt means, do what you want, or don’t do what you don’t want.
Yeah, I just take advantage of the great things this system provides, right?
Well, I could say, I contribute to the system a lot.
The cities are my garden, and instead of growing veggies in it, I buy them. That keeps this system alive, too. I believe, nothing is here for nothing, and nothing is purely evil. Hence, I and the system can coexist, right?
I help you; you give me a hand.
I believe in the modern world of technology; we could very well all do what we want, to some extent. If we only would take responsibility and draw our life ourselves.
My personal form of the Projeqt is strongly influenced as well by the idea of Nomadism. I think sedentarism is somehow making us “lazy” and also greedy, unsatisfied and very fast it makes us fall in a daily routine. This is difficult to escape, and will let us wake up one day with the thought, “what have I done the last 50 years???”.
This is not a necessary aspect of the Projeqt; it’s just my vision of how I want to live my life, right now and the last few years.
This isn’t always possible, and it’s not everyone’s vision. There is nothing wrong with other ways.
This Website’s purpose is mainly to be a Travel Blog. I describe shortly what the Undenk Projeqt is, and who I am, but the primary purpose of undenk.info is a simple Travel Blog, along with perhaps a few Posts about ideas, thoughts, or whatever I feel like should be here.
All Visual Media on this website has been edited, revised and put together to galleries by my long term travel partner GM, whom I employed to help me keep this site alive. The idea was to create a visual experience where the visitor can not only follow the travel but also enjoy an optical compound of nature and humankind, without any direct relation to me as a person.
The Visual Media is organised in a searchable gallery, by Continent, Country, City or Area and Time as well as by “topics”.
All Media is free of Copyright; I just ask you to not sell or advertise them as your own. This is why a watermark (visible) has been added to the Media.
Enjoy it, share it and do what you want.