Issue 10: Time to Think.
Already I like to think that all of you reading form up such an interesting pool of people. Everyone is so different in their own distinct ways, yet I’m sure some of you have common interests which may overlap. This may be in the form of common goals or even some similar fears. As I’m writing this there are 149 individuals already receiving these emails, and to each and every one of you, I would like to say thank you for joining this little group.
I believe it’s hard to find other people in society with similar interests and beliefs. I think we are all put in the social circles we are in, and it is rare to find people who actively move towards a certain direction when it comes to socialising. It is rare that people cut off people they no longer feel comfortable hanging around with, with the hopes that they can surround themselves with people more like themselves. It is rare to find someone that says no, when they’re being peer pressured into saying yes. And I know this is an important topic to discuss because it’s difficult to talk about. For that reason, I want to share what I think with you.
I’m writing this because there are people out there who are like you, and who would love to spend time with you doing and discussing stuff you like. You just need to have the courage to put yourself out there and let go of everything else momentarily. It’s common that backpackers who travel alone tend to find their best friends on the road. They tend to form bonds and relationships that would be almost impossible to replicate online or in small artificially created social circles. I’ve heard stories of companies that were started by two people who met while travelling, clicked like two peas in a pod, both being broke moved in together in some foreign country, and started working leveraging their distinct skillsets and experiences to create a truly unique company.
The unpredictable bonds formed are unforgettable and tend to change people for the better, and it is for this reason that I urge you to seek them out in whatever way you can. Obviously now is not the best time to write about this particular topic as most nations are on lock-down, but I still believe that we can put ourselves in the mindset to be able to do this even while on lockdown. As counterintuitive as thinking about it and not doing it may seem, you need to muster up that courage somehow. For some of us this self-isolation may be the first time in our lives that we have an opportunity to slow down. We can pretend that we’re “working” from home (whether that’s college work or actual work) and think about our lives and who we are. I think it is an opportunity for us to momentarily hop off the bandwagon and understand who we are, who we’ve been surrounding ourselves with, and who we want to become. Start with this question; and if you can’t answer it yet that totally fine, just give it your best go:
Who am I?