Make Me Wonder

The new beginning

For one, two and many more reasons and circumstances, I’ve decided to finally finish the design of this page and try to go back to occasional blogging besides Stereofox. 800 posts for 16 months is more than enough, but writing about music sometimes is just… hmm. I would like to try to share more professional experience, cool findings and some random nobody-cares-about rants related to life. Let’s see how that goes.

Not really sure what to write in this “first” post and as these pointless (so far) rows are flowing down, there’s still no title.

Career

Lately I’ve been reading a lot on how to find what you love and live a life where you feel there’s a purpose ahead. I guess like many other 26 years olds out there, I sometimes feel kinda lost. Finding what really makes you happy and finding peace with yourself can be a daunting task and probably at this stage of my life is the most challenging obstacle ahead.

People are different and naturally the things which make one satisfied vary significantly. I do, however, think there’s one common thing, especially among people who work in the creative field – the feeling of creating something beautiful / useful / appreciated. Neither being the successful CEO of the biggest *insert industry* start up nor receiving a cheque of 20 000 €. The feeling of being appreciated.

All that being said, I don’t think “success” is what most people are really looking for. I mean, we do live our life with the idea of chasing success, but what and who defines how we measure it? In that line of thought, I found an interesting quote on the subject, thanks to Maria Popova:

One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own. They’re sucked in from other people. And we also suck in messages from everything from the television to advertising to marketing, etcetera.

These are hugely powerful forces that define what we want and how we view ourselves. What I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but that we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we’re truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of the journey that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.

by Alain de Botton

Life

I know it may sound weird to some of you, but I think career and life sometimes go hand in hand and being able to find a good overlapping / balanced point between them is definitely a good step towards happiness. Just for the record, by life I don’t necessarily mean private life. However, spending 10 hours @ a place, 5 days a week inevitably makes your work affecting your life.

Living according to what you believe and feel = freedom. Being yourself without forcing your understanding on others – an important skill. In situations where things are not exactly smooth between a few people, pointing fingers and blaming is probably the worst thing to be done. But when you think about it, we are what we are because of a series of random events which may or may not have happened to others. So, yeah… life, lol.

Music

There isn’t much to be said about music besides the fact that as much as we think we understand music, we don’t. Also, both songs should definitely end up on your playlist.

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