Kayaking solo the entire coast of Norway from Sweden to the Russian border was a peak experience in my life, inspired by my love of the ocean. It all started at the tender age of 11, when I was trusted to skipper a tiny sailboat on a multi-day trip with friends, followed years later by skippering a large sailing yacht all the way across the Atlantic.
As a teenager I experienced how similar we all are despite ethnic and cultural differences, when I spent two years together with students from some eighty nations at United World Colleges in Wales.
Later, after years of studying, being elected president of the students union, and landing my dream job as product manager with a leading consumer brands company I thought I had achieved everything I had worked so hard for.
However, I nevertheless felt like a key piece was missing…