Bellowing&Groaning

Quiet but fun

I’ve been too quiet here lately.

First of all, I didn’t have anything to write about. Since quality is what I strive for, I preferred this hiatus. Things will pick up, eventually.

Secondly, I am now a member of Eloquentix and my project is Shoeboxed. Even though I’ve left friends behind at Indaco, I think this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I found new friends, new challenges and new perspectives. Now, I am responsible for a lot of different things: from design, font-end development, product vision to administrative stuff like talking with contractors. I am busier than ever, but I’ve never been happier.

Exciting times.

New rules

Last year, when I first created my Facebook account, I made some rules. And I followed them religiously.

The time has come to change them.

  1. Everybody has a Facebook account, plus most started to use Facebook as their only online communication tool.
  2. Facebook now, influenced by Google+, introduced a more refined way of grouping connections.

So these two items made me renounce my 25 connections limit. But everybody will get to be labeled as either “close friends” or “acquaintances”. Acquaintances will be muted and all the posts will have the default permission as only visible for “close friends”.

This way I get to have a channel of communication open to more people but still having a sane experience with the service.

But I am tired

Bed time: 2:30am after a few cigarettes and countless beers.

Awake time: 6am. It’s raining. I get dressed and hit the road. I put 5 kilometers under my feet.

You don’t get it. I am not beeing punished. I am the punisher. And this time, no more excuses.

Courage

Never considered myself a courageous person, but I strived for becoming one. It was confusing until I realized what courage is.

Courage is doing what you feel is right, against all comfort or self-preservation instincts. And once this definition was formed in my mind, I realized that I have some courage in me.

That courage is mostly present in my work. I never shy away of suggesting the best solution for a problem even if that solution may render me unfit to apply it, and ultimately redundant. I never thought of this as courage, but I always go out of my comfort zone and then make it my comfort zone—as corny as it may sound. This is why my skill set may seem all over the place. From marketing to design, from front-end to back-end development.

I realized that doing the right thing is a liberating feeling, even though it may feel like a self-punishment at first. This pattern happened again and again, and thus it’s time to apply it in my personal life. The time has come to get out of my comfort zone.

Figure out the goals you feel are right and march under the flag of doubt and fear to reach them. And when you reach them, don’t be shy of naming the journey “courage”.

“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – J. F. Kennedy

Amundsen and Scott

For me, the art of manilness blog has become one of the most inspiring content sources lately. All articles are well thought and well written. Expect more links to it.