When I first told my best friend I was creating a food & travel website – his reaction was “That’s perfect! Why didn’t you think of this sooner?!” When I told him it would be called Fibonacci & the Paradoxes – his reaction was “The who who & the what what?”.
No, Fibonacci isn’t the name of the first Italian to churn the perfect Gelato; and No, the Paradoxes aren’t a Jazz band I saw on the streets of New Orleans.
Fibonacci is this dude:
Wikipedia will tell you he was “the most talented Western Mathematician in the Middle Ages”. Vogue covers over the year’s will tell you he started the Head-Wrap trend way back in 1195. But before I can explain what he has to do with this website, I have to explain why he’s so famous – he found the Fibonacci series.
The Fibonacci series, in a nutshell, is a sequence of numbers where each number is the sum of the previous two numbers in the sequence. It looks a little like this “1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13” and so on.
Relevance? Hear me out – this is what the Fibonacci sequence taught me. What I do on Wednesday depends on what I did on Monday & Tuesday which depends on what I did on Sunday & Monday which depends on what I did on Saturday & Sunday – if I kept going, that means that my life today is a culmination of all the decisions I’ve made since I was intelligent enough to make my own decisions.
Fibonacci made me wonder – if I don’t commit to doing something today, it will never be a part of my tomorrow. What were all the things I hadn’t done yet that I wanted to do? Where I grew up, you weren’t a nerd or a jock at high school – there were no buckets available to put people in, so you did everything your heart desired – no limitations. But had I really done everything my heart desired? I made a list – and the entire list looked something like this:
Eat gelato in Venice
Eat paella in Barcelona
Eat crepes in Paris
Eat bratwurst in Berlin
Eat Try to eat haggis in Edinburgh
So I spent the next four hours making a budget, planning a route and booking a ticket to spend my first summer break in Europe. That was six years ago and since then, I’ve been lucky enough to travel every year.
(Pictured at the Berlin Wall – 2011)
Aristotle and his mate Zeno posed a number of mind-boggling questions to humanity a very long time ago – they’re called, the Paradoxes. My favourite paradox is this one:
“A single grain of millet makes no sound upon falling, but a thousand grains make a sound. Hence a thousand nothings become something, an absurd conclusion”
I started writing as a travel & lifestyle journalist to inspire 999 other grains to fall out of their comfort zone, make some noise, and explore our the big, beautiful world we live in.