For times of uncertainty: How to make decisions that last in your 20s


English / sexta-feira, março 2nd, 2018

In writing this from my tablet. Just realizing how uncomfortable it is to write with a digital keyboard. Oh well. It’s just that it’s almost midnight and my computer is just too slow. My 2013 laptop can’t handle it anymore. Should I succumb to the overpriced locked in world of Apple and buy a Macbook?

I am writing from my tablet because I was reading one of those free ebooks about how to become a writer or something. Sounds cliche (and it is). But it doesn’t matter. The author said some pretty interesting stuff about the importance of writing and publishing every day so you can avoid making decisions about what and when to write, and also to overcome the desire of being great every time. 

He also talked about how you should just go ahead and do it. One important thing that caught my attention was when he said that:

we should stop wasting time admiring creativity.

Ouch, that hurts. I’m a huge creativity admirer, and I enjoy observing more than doing, listening more than speaking (or even writing). I love to write, but I write for me to make sense of the world, my thoughts and what is happening to me, my actions and values.

Writing for others is a huge responsibility, especially because people are just living their lives, trying to find answers for themselves. Hell, I’m doing the same. And that’s why I write, usually in a notebook, for myself.

But I’m also a writer, professionally I mean. I’m graduated in Journalism, I’m doing my masters in Digital Communication. Writing, creating digital content, thinking and critiquing media content is what I do. So why I have such difficulty calling myself what I already am? Why most of us beat around the bush when it comes to decide what we want to do and can do and who we are? We waste a lot of time thinking: is this what I want? Should I pick another thing? Should I wait until I’m more prepared, until I have more experience… ?

It doesn’t really make sense for me to keep hiding my thoughts in my old school notebook. Blogging is not about making money (because if it is I almost certainly will fail miserably). It’s about being there for other people to relate to you. And that’s what this blog is about.

My experiences studying abroad are one of a kind, but they are also pretty much what other students are going through. Many people dream about living this experience and have no clue how everything works, or are feeling lost and overwhelmed. I’ve been through this and I have this feeling that sharing a bit of my experiences might be helpful and even soothing for many. Being able to relate our journeys to other people is quite important in a moment of doubt. But more important than that is to remind yourself of one thing:

there is no point in waiting.

Making the decision and doing (and being) what you decided is the most important thing. Remember that most people are too comfortable doing their same old same old routine to take action. If you take action, you are one of the few. Oh, wait. I kinda got used to writing with this digital and small tablet keyboard. I guess I might be doing more of it, especially when my computer is sitting on my desk, resting so peacefully.