My name is Agi Keramidas, and I grew up in Greece, my home country. When I was about to finish school, I found myself needing to make a ‘career’ decision on what to do with my future. My 17-year young heart was whispering to me “Go to drama school and become an actor!”. However, the ‘normal’ or ‘expected’ thing to do in my country’s culture at that time, was to follow one of your parent’s professions, especially if they were doing well in life.
So instead of acting, I went to university and studied dentistry, following my mum’s profession. “Why risk an uncertain future?!”, they said. Dentistry seemed to be a respectable, profitable, predictable profession, so becoming a dentist appeared to be the chosen path for me, at that time. I was 17.
While I was in dental school, I became best friends with a person that completely shaped the course of my life. He was studying dentistry like me, and we had so many things in common: we shared a passion for music, we enjoyed playing video games, flirting with girls, driving cars fast, having fun – and while doing a little bit of studying too 😉
This lasted a couple of awesome years – then my friend Alexander discovered a very strong calling inside of him, a calling to pursue spirituality. He eventually dropped out of dental school and he started travelling the world. He became a shaman, and he was teaching and healing, learning and spreading the spiritual messages to the people.
Through his influence, I made many realisations about myself, about the mind, about how I think and behave; about how most people think and behave. My change was subtle in the beginning, since those realisations were rather radical to be expressed in the conservative society I was living in. But the spark had started a fire inside me: Realising my potential, listening to my instinct whispering to me, feeling there is a higher purpose in my life that I had to pursue and fulfil.
During these years of self-realisation, I started working in my hometown in Greece as a dentist, and did so for 7 years; I had a life that on the outside seemed to be admirable, however inside me I was feeling that I was destined for something different than the life that I was living there. That feeling I had inside was causing me a great deal of discontent and unhappiness.
Eventually after long deliberation, I reached a decision that changed my life forever: In 2010, I left my home country, my job, friends, family, fiancée, and came on my own to the UK to pursue a dream that I have had since I was a teenager. I didn’t know what the dream was – all I knew was that there was something calling me to the UK. I can say now, without a shred of doubt, that it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.
Since that, living, working, and being on my own in a different country changed me very much. I became increasingly interested in personal development. My core value in life has always been to grow, to evolve, to reach my potential. I have read numerous personal development books and attended many personal development seminars and courses, in my pursuit to always keep learning, growing, and evolving.
This blog is a natural continuation of my growing path in life, and sharing my knowledge and insights with others; I have wanted to do it for years, but for many reasons (one of them being the fear of being judged) I never did. I hope I can inspire you and give you value through my blog posts.
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“Once you stop learning, you start dying.”
– Albert Einstein