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  • Something to tell the world!

    Hey! You can call me Niko or Cookie. I'm your typical shy and socially awkward introvert.

    My driving force in life is the pursuit of knowledge in an eternal attempt to explore and understand the subtleties of the Universe, nature, and human societies. I am a man of action, constantly striving to be the best version of myself, to become a better human, and to cultivate virtues. I aspire to live a frugal and (materially speaking) simple life but with as many enriching experiences as possible.

    I have an endless list of interests that include all sciences, philosophy, alternatives, religions, and sanatana dharma. Likewise I have many hobbies, including learning, reading, listening to music, researching, walking in nature, watching movies/videos, nature photography, and more.

    I'm here in order to create deep bonds of friendship and to engage in cultural and intellectual exchanges! Feel free to write me!

    Looking forward to exchanging! 😃

  • Favourite books/authors/films

    My favourite books include Way of the Peaceful Warrior (Dan Millman), Meditations (Marcus Aurelius), The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), Warrior Cats (Erin Hunter), Ася (Тургенев), and Повести Белкина (Пушкин).

    When it comes to movies, it's a bit challenging since I love so many! They include Гостья из будущего, Вам и не снилось, Jean de Florette et Manon des Sources, Gladiator, The Last of the Mohicans, and Dead Poets Society.

  • I always enjoy talking about...

    I'm very open-minded so any topic might be of interest for me. That said, I tend to favour deeper discussions on philosophy, cultures, religion and spirituality, alternatives, travels, opinions in general, literature, history, science, health, and lifestyles.

  • A trick or piece of advice

    A quote by my favourite Stoic philosopher, Marcus Aurelius: "Nothing happens to anyone that he is not fitted by Nature to bear."

    Here's my interpretation of it as well as the reason why I quoted this phrase. I had a tough past and I went through various struggles, still going through them actually, due to family issues. Stoicism teaches you, amongst many other things, to be resilient and disciplined, and not to get lost in negative emotions. Each struggle is a lesson sent by the Universe or, as some would say, God. As rational animals, we're endowed with a spectacular intellect, we have the power to choose rationality over emotions when it is needed: hence I now remember this quote and, when faced with a problem, I remind myself it's temporary (change being a part of Life), there's a potential lessons behind it, and I can use it as a step forward.

    Perhaps you've already heard or read "This too shall pass"? Well, I attach it to the above-mentioned quote as well.

    Thus: you're a great person with wonderful abilities which you might not yet be aware of. We all have struggles and I do know some are truly hard and overwhelming. But do remember you own your life, nobody else does. All struggles are set to end one day of the other and it is your own decisions, mindset, thoughts, that define who you are and also determine your future. External circumstances do play a role as well but still, it is how you react to what happens to you, how you think of yourself, what defines you, what goes through your mind (thoughts, emotions), that make you, you, and will have an impact tomorrow.

  • Life regrets

    I have several regrets and remorse which taught me valuable lessons.
    Playing video games, not spending enough time with my family, being too selfish, overthinking so much, creating problems for myself, chasing after love, committing myself to endeavours that proved to be useless or negatively affecting.

  • My interests in other cultures

    Absolutely all aspects of cultures hold a high interest to me. I especially absolutely love discovering the music, literature, tales, folklore, mindset, cuisine, language ascribed to specific cultures. Also, I'm fascinated by the connection between religion and culture.

  • It was better before

    It might sound weird but I struggle to fit in my generation and I share too many characteristics of past generations. I adore listening to my dad talking about the "good times" of the 70', 80', and 80', there are so many anecdotes!

    What I gathered is people were more in the moment, they enjoyed life more, they were more genuine in social interactions, they weren't so affected by technology, and so on.

    There are things which I don't get, for instance the hook-up and dating culture, various TV shows, specific cultural trends, amongst other things. I obviously respect those who are into those, though. I'm just honestly clueless, albeit I'm curious.

    I notice myself getting nostalgic about times I didn't live in. I'm addicted to music of the 60' up to the early 2000', most of the songs of my main playlist are from this era and from various countries, mostly the USSR, Yugoslavia, France, Italy, and Czechoslovakia. I also love watching old movies and documentaries (Soviet cinema took my soul and heart).

  • It is better now

    We can't deny that there are a lot of good things in today's times. For instance, the accomplishments of modern medicine and technology are astounding. I could write a whole essay just about this.

  • Living abroad for one year

    Two countries I want to (and will) live in are Russia and Italy. The latter is my family's country and the former is where my soul lies.

    I'd also very love to live for at least a few months in Romania, Serbia, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Iran, China, Belarus.