Day 110: F2F Has Made Me Grow Up
Originally, I was going to create a post about the Walter Lippmann-John Dewey debate and how it's shaped my view on America's handling of COVID. It was to be a tame post (from my perspective), nothing too controversial when advice from a friend popped up in my head:
"Don't rock the boat."
What did he mean by not "rocking the boat"? The idea here is that while I myself may not view my thoughts as controversial (or even novel for that matter), someone else will.
And I never know who reads my blogs or my other content across the internet. (My work is getting slightly more "high-profile attention," so it's just better to keep my provocative thoughts to myself.)
I'll save sharing my thoughts with you all on that topic for another day (maybe).
Working on the newsletter has been great for a variety of reasons, but really from a maturity perspective. F2F has forced me to develop initiative and discipline. The greatest benefit is really the self-direction in building the newsletter. The fact that it's on me if something doesn't get published and released on time is a huge responsibility, but great motivator.
Of course, the external reward is getting more money as I grow the newsletter, but I'm proudest of the fact that F2F is my own thing that I created, and that I get to develop it in the direction that I choose.
F2F gives me a greater sense of self, a greater appreciation of being autonomous and self-directed in my creation of this hobby (*wink wink*) of me. I'm probably not explaining this right, but I just feel as if by building the newsletter, I am activately shaping who I want to become, instead of passively moving through life on a more "traditional path."
I'll have to revisit this topic later, because I think it's important, but I'm glad I'm mentioning it now.