A friend once told me: “You should respectfully listen to your father's advice, then go out and live your life however you want”, or something along those lines. That happened 10 years ago.
At the time, I disagreed with many most of my father's world-views. It was is difficult to listen to him. And yet, I do it, with great respect.
But also, I always take my own decisions. I have done what I pleased with my life. I've made mistakes, but have no huge regrets.
Something I appreciate about my father is that he always respected my decisions and supported me as much as he could, even when he didn't fully agree with me. No matter how complicated our relationship is, it is based in mutual respect and love.
Ten years later, my father's and friend's words make more sense. They were right in many things they said, I see it now. I had to make my own mistakes, to feel the pain, to learn the hard way. Why? Because I'm stubborn.
Still, I have no regrets, only gratitude for the people in my life and their generosity with words.
I moved to a new place during the weekend. The move was quite expensive in all levels—physically, emotionally, financially. But it is done, and I am sure that when I look back in some years, I will say: “it was worth it”.
With changes, there is always a good deal of uncertainty. Certainty comes from the known, as the known always provides a—fake—sense of security and safety.
It is done. But that's not the end, it is the beginning.
When you want to sell something, you can buy attention from the Big Tech platforms.
Attention is the currency of the Internet, and it is not even that expensive.
I know that because my brother and his wife run a side business. They buy ads from some of those companies (ehem ... Facebook ... ehem), and sells occur almost automagically. It amazes me how effective, efficient and targeted it is.
Sadly, many “users” of those platforms believe they are the users. No, the ad buyers are the actual users, the rest are the product. More specifically, their attention is being sold there, for peanuts.
So, since I don't have anything to sell, I'm not interested in buying eyeballs. But if I would need to draw attention to something I have to offer (something even as abstract as ideas), I'm not fully convinced buying attention this way is the best strategy in the long run.