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2020 Review

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Wow last year was crap! But it forced every one of us to reflect better on our lives.

I can divide what I got from last year in two:

  1. On writing ideas.
  2. On a personal level.

In the first part of the year I made Rocket Launcher and SecondBrainio. This is what I've learned:

  1. No one really cares.
  2. Failure doesn't exist outside your mind.
  3. Have fun.

On a more personal note, from the second part of the year I got this:

  1. Doing nothing sometimes is the best thing to do.
  2. People have problems too.
  3. Don't be so though with yourself.

If you're here reading this, it could look rough. But I'll clarify every point.

On Working in Projects

No One Really Cares

I've always read that no one cares for your side projects online, in books and videos but I never understood the extent to which people didn't care for what you do. You can see this as a barrier but in reality this is a great potential to do things the way you want.

I write it the best I can. If you're trying something new, maybe a project to which you've put a lot of dedication and heart:

NO ONE CARES

If I could transfer my knowledge and put it in your brain I would so you wouldn't have to go through a process of doubting yourself and fearing failure. Everyone fails (I'll write about this in the next section) at some point of another. Furthermore, you're going to die.

So why don't just do it anyways? The best you can and how you feel should be done.

Failure doesn't exist outside your mind

As a corollary from No one really cares, nothing awful happens if you stop working on a project, unless you've already invested a lot of money on something. Being a coward and doubting yourself just stops you from having fun.

The fear of shame and failure is just a feeling at the end of the day. Yes, you'll feel bad. But are you going to let your feelings dictate how you're going to live? I know I won't. Stand up and keep trying.

Have fun

  • Sit in front of the computer.
  • Write stuff.
  • Sip some coffee.

This is it. Don't expect a great breakthrough.

It seems like a simple thing. But I've forgotten to have fun for a long time.

If you're reading this, don't forget to have fun. Your well-being matters.

Personal Side

I write this as a reminder to myself and to help others. Normally I wouldn't write anything personal here but these are nice understanding on their own and if I don't write them, it would be an incomplete review.

Doing nothing sometimes is the best thing to do

I'm serious. Taking time to reflect and being with yourself is really important.

Last year I evaded many events from my life until I had a chance to face them. At the end this helped me have a bigger clarity and peace of mind.

On the other hand when your day is not full of things to do and responsibilities you have the chance to let your imagination act.

This also applies on several things in life:

As a parenthesis, doing nothing is really hard. If you can't follow or you think this idea is stupid I can totally get you.

People have problems too

I forgot sometime that other people have problem in their lives. It's not like I wasn't aware of it. It was more like ignoring the fact and overlooking them.

Yes, they have problems, but they're not as big as MY problems.

This is crazy. But it took me a global pandemic to understand that everyone has problems, and they're important.

So what's with that? I want to shift myself and my goals towards a more humane way.

I'll expand on that in the future.

Don't be so thought on yourself

  • Things take time.
  • It's fine.
  • Rest.

This is a reminder for me and for every lovely person who reads this.

That was my 2020 in review. It might look strange but I'm pretty happy with last year.

I hope you could get something from this blog post. If you want to talk, write me an email to ruben at serradas dot org.

Have a great day.