So many penchants but so little time

lap top and papersI’m one of those people who can’t decide what I like doing the most. I’ve got so many different things I find enjoyable so I can’t just choose one. In a way, I envy those who only got at least one penchant that they focus on. My mind goes everywhere. That’s one of the reasons why it has taken me so long to find what I want to do for a living. I always wanted to be different. I wanted to have a job where I could express myself. I’ve  looked for things other people thought were impossible. I’ve never been driven by money. It’s good to have but I rather have a job that I like. Life’s too short to do something only because of money. If I have to do something I’m not interested in, I feel trapped and my motivation is low. I’ve had those internships where I had nothing to do and I was bored out of my mind. Anyone could feel the same in that situation. You should do what you like and is good at it. It doesn’t matter what others think.

There is an advantage for liking different things. If you get bored with one thing, you can do another. I for one get bored if I do only one thing. If it’s music taste or movie genre, my likes are wide-ranged. I couldn’t listen to one kind of music style. There are so many good songs so I can’t choose which is my all time favourite. I don’t even know what’s the best band in the world because there’s so many I like. The same goes for artists. It’s easier to choose which ones I don’t like. That’s the same with anything else in life. I usually choose things with feeling. What kind of music I listen or what kind of movie I’m gonna watch depends on my mood. It doesn’t matter what kind of song it is. I can listen to sad songs even if I’m happy. Some might listen to sad songs when they’re sad but I find songs with a positive tune a much better cure. Music has always been a helpful tool for different emotions for me. Laughing also makes me feel better.

I love comedy but not just any kind. I think they used to make much better comedy shows and movies in the past. What you see these days are not funny at all. The only show that I can mention from the 2010’s is ‘The big bang theory‘. Some might not find it funny but that’s their opinion. Maybe ‘Modern Family‘ but I haven’t watched it that much. ‘30 Rock‘ was funny too. It seems that young people find being drunk and act like an idiot, is funny. The funniest comedy shows were made in the 80’s and 90’s. They’re still funny. Good ones will never get old. What you see now, won’t be remembered in 20 years or more. They’re not funny now so they won’t be funny then. I guess all the best ideas are already done. At least you can watch the oldies on DVD’s or online streaming. There’s just so many good ones but so little time.

If I had to choose just one penchant, then it would be writing. Not only blogging but also writing in general. It has always been a part of me since the day I learned to spell. I had my first diary at 7 but then it was just scribbling. Writing is easier than talking. When you write you have time to think. You can always come back to it and add things. But when you talk to someone, you can’t get it back or you forget to say something. I think before I speak and even then the words don’t come out the way I thought in my head. Afterwards, I wish I had said those things and it torments me a few days. Writing can also be a disadvantage. People can misunderstand you and it’s more difficult to write the exact thoughts in words. Writing emotions or sounds in words is most difficult. In any language. I sometimes struggle with that and try to find an answer on the internet. Then it frustrates me when I can’t find the answer. Those are probably the only downsides to it. Other times, writing is fun and a great distraction from other daily things. We all need an escape from time to time and writing is mine.

Tallenna

Tallenna

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My worst critic is me

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Have you ever thought you can’t do something no matter how hard you try? When things don’t go the way you plan it, you give up. No? Then it’s just me then. I’m my worst critic. My mother used to say I can do it but I’m haven’t been that confident. I know I can do things if I put my mind to it but I’m too critical of myself. Maybe I’m a bit of a perfectionist. You don’t see that in my daily life though. My flat is a mess. It’s more in my mind. Everything doesn’t need to be perfect. Except for paintings on the wall. A crooked picture is really disturbing.

Sometimes when I write fan fiction I feel satisfied with my work. But other people don’t give any criticism so I don’t know how to get better. I get likes and all that but I never get any real feedback. Not even any reactions. If I read my stories as another person, I would have a lot to say about the stories. People never think the same I do. I shouldn’t compare myself with other fan fiction writers but they seem to get more comments than I do. I wouldn’t even say they’re better at it. It depends on what you write about and who. I still will write and post my stories despite that. When I read my old stories, I do see I’ve got better. That’s what matters the most, that you see it yourself. Other people don’t need to tell me. Writing is probably the only thing I’m not critical of myself.

The same goes with photography. I hardly get any deep analysis online. A like or two but hardly any comments. Am I suppose to notice it myself if I got better? It makes me think if my photography is even any good or are they the same as any other. I should be satisfied with what I think about my skills and not about what other think. Once I got feedback but the person wasn’t even an expert on photography. They said they could have taken a photo like that. But it does take out the excitement out of photography when you hear a negative comment like that. I wanted to become a pro but now my thoughts have changed so I’m less critical of myself in that field. I’m torturing myself sometimes that I can’t get the photo I want. I’m the worst critic and I’m never satisfied with the outcome. If someone likes a photo, it’s only then I’m happy.

Once you get that “I can’t do it” you start to think you can’t. How would you know if you don’t try it? What I’ve learned through the years is when you fail, you try again. If that doesn’t work, try something else. Being critical of yourself helps you trying harder to get better at what you do. You’re never ready and learning new things keeps life interesting.

Tallenna

Tallenna

To memorize old blog posts

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I’ve been blogging for about 4 years nonstop now so there’s a lot of posts published. 651 posts to be exact. That’s so many that I don’t even remember what I’ve written. Trying to memorize what the subjects have been is the most difficult. Sometimes it feels like I’ve written about something before. You would think people think I’m suffering from memory loss or even worse, dementia. But then I realise people can’t remember everything either. There’s so many things you have to memorize. Our brains are not computers that can store a lot of information. In the end it doesn’t matter if things are coming up again. Good things are worth repeating. Besides new followers probably won’t even read post that are years old. What matters the most is the present.

In the beginning I didn’t really know what I wanted to write about so I wrote just about anything. But then I narrowed the subject down. I still don’t really know what my niche is. I don’t really want to be categorize in any special genre. Writing and blogging is just a hobby and my goal is not to get popular. I’ve written before somewhere that if I get at least one who can relate to my posts, then I’ve done something right. Sharing is caring like The Daily Post slogan is. I share my thoughts and experiences which has been the mainly thing on this blog. I wouldn’t call it a personal blog either since I don’t write anything too personal. I’m not good at giving advice either so there will never be subjects like how to write a successful blog post. I’m the one who asks for advice and not the other way around.

Sometimes it’s frustrating to write anything. It feels like no one is listening or that my writing is boring. But the next day that feeling is gone. It’s all about the attitude. If you think negative you will feel down and the motivation is low. I try to think positive and write anyway. Motivation should not come from other people. You shouldn’t stop doing what you like only because you think no one cares. On the internet you never know. There’s so many bloggers who wants to get attention so they try anything to get their blogs noticed. Maybe they want to make blogging as a living. Each to their own. Blogging is also for people who want to share thoughts with others. It’s less stressful having it only as a hobby. If you’re going pro, you have to think about your readers. You almost have to think about subjects all the time. I want to write when I feel like it and not when people expect me to publish something. I can also write anything I want. It would be too boring to only write about one subject. I love variability and it should be seen as a strength.

Memorizing the posts I’ve wrote in the past, my writing in English has improved. That’s been my goal all along, to get better at it. This blogging journey will continue as long as my fingers and technology works. Whoever wants to join the ride are most welcome.