12 April 2011

To better one's self

As I am sure you could already gather, I am a fairly ambitious young person, forever looking and moving forward.  Well, as best as I can anyways when you have full time work.  However just lately I have realized there is still such a huge amount of things I still want to do, and wish I had the time to do, sometimes too many to comprehend.

What brought this about? My best mates actually.  You may have heard the saying that people often become friends with people who are similar to themselves; common interests, attitudes, personalities and so on.  This is most definitely true when it comes to me and my friends with the entire group being very creative, with myself graduating from Video Game design and development, and the others in my group experts at music and their instruments.   A few months ago they started the band Slightly Left of Centre (to which I blogged about in the hope to gain them some extra interest through my... substantial, follower base I have here with this blog ha), their band is going well, with an album to be soon released.

Anyways, apologies, I have gone off track.

The other day I caught up with one of my mates on the weekend he gave me an update of the bands progress, something I quite enjoy as I like keeping in the loop with my friends, especially as they live at some distance from myself.  Afterwards however, after seeing all their new material and ideas that have come to life, it got me wondering "what have I got to show of my supposed 'skills' that I have".  Where is my video game projects? Or novel ideas? Or computer software applications (as my profession is Software Developer after all... or so my job title says). Or at the very least, an iPhone app?

Sure I have been busy the last few years with University, doubly so last year whilst I was doing my Honours Degree, but these guys are doing their studies as well as creating music, rehearsing and all that jazz that goes with trying to get a band out of the garage and into a recognized brand.

I started writing this post a few hours back, then postponed it as my housemate and I went to movies.  I just got home then after watching Suckerprunch, which whilst the storyline was a little lackluster, the sheer amount of imagination in the main scenes was absolute brilliance.  After seeing that movie, and returning to finishing off this post, it has reinforced further that basically, I need to get off my ass and get creating!

I have a year until I head off to New York City, why not make the most of my time after work till then.

Next month I will be turning 23, and I still feel completely lost within myself.  What I want to do, who I want to be.  What kind of person I want to be now and in the future. Where do I even want to be.  I guess that's typical for my age? Who knows.

I am not going to take it sitting down that's for sure =)


Thomas Catterall said...


especially the last link: this is a very common topic with merlin mann.

set a project. and do it.

i have an agreement with myself to reassess this every so often, but currently:

my degree

are all i do. or rather, i spend at least 10 mins daily on each.

and finally:

this book will save your life

Out of Sync said...

Oh wow, fantastic comment Thomas, it was very informative haha! Thanks!

Hmm, that has made me realize something, I like how you set only 3 things to focus on. I think my problem is that I take on too much at the one time.

Small steps!

I will check out those links tomorrow.

Sue Lin said...

Only 23! I've just turned 25 and it is common to experience 'quarter life crisis' around that age... in fact, i'm still at quarter life crisis!!!!

Take on too much at one time sounds familiar to me too! Hehe, all the best choosing something and sticking to it =)

Out of Sync said...

Haha! Well you seem to be handling your 'quarter life crisis' rather well =D

Thanks Sue! Keep up the posts as well, am eager to hear more about your travels and how you ended up in Australia.

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