31 Things I Know Now That I’m 31 INTERLUDE — We Don’t Die, We Multiply.

I struggle.

2015’s been a mighty impressive year for the #BloggerLife so far, with opportunities and accomplishments I’d never have dreamt of. Some of the more notable successes include:

  • Butterball Canada choosing me as their first-ever male ambassador, looking to enter the summer with plenty of content about grilling, get-togethers and fun in the sun
  • Published pieces on The Huffington Post Canada Parents, The Good Men Project and TELUS’ blog, giving the blog further legitimacy to my #BloggerLife than it had cooped up in my quiet corner of the Internet
  • Ever-increasing opportunities to keep growing my brand through the funding and connections needed to continually pursue interesting things!

Things are great, but all this doesn’t come without cost. The nights are sleepless, often chasing after amazing ideas that’re entirely elusive, but far too tired from the nights pushing the envelope to ever catch them.

31 Things I Know Now That I’m 31: #4 — Dreams Can Only Take You So Far

Life is a lot like the old folk tale of the Little Red Hen. To paraphrase for those unfamiliar with the tale, the plot follows a hen who finds a grain of wheat and (SPOILERS!) over time cultivates it into a loaf of bread through harvesting the grain, threshing it, milling it into flour and baking it. Through the story, she asks other animals for help, but met with a smug “Not I” every time. When the bread’s baked and she asks who’d like to help eat it, the same animals eagerly volunteer — but by then it’s too late; since none of them worked to create the bread, none of them get to partake of it, either.

Sadly, the same applies to our ideas — no matter how amazing they seem in your head, unless you make them tangible, you’ll find it really hard to get others to believe in you.

Don’t tell me what I can’t do.

“Can’t” is a word I’ve heard often in my life.

“You can’t do that — you  need to focus on your studies so you can become successful!”
“You can’t write on that — it’s too risky! No one will care!”
“You can’t chase your dreams — it’s time to grow up!”

Though my current situation makes me immensely glad I never threw the towel in on the #BloggerLife and kept pushing forward, there were plenty of times I nearly listened to the people who didn’t see my vision.

BIG DREAMS.

So I just saw The Social Network. Holy crap. What a great movie. It stirred… something in me. I don't quite know what it is, but I like it. As soon as I got back home, I started working on some things. The mockups I've had sitting all over the place. The random ideas strewn about my backpack not really doing much of anything. I'm working on putting them all where they belong – in one coherent system that betters the world around me and the people that I deal with.

Earphones aren't working properly – annoying. This might end up being a part stream-of-consciousness post.
So anyway, if you haven't seen this movie, I think it's prudent that you do. Everyone's going to come out with an opinion. Eisenberg's portrayal of Zuckerberg is that of a socially inept genius – but oh MAN, what a genius. The one-liners. The vision. He was like a well-oiled engine moving forward to effect change. Seeing the whole story unfold was… just something else altogether. So here I am no longer wondering what exactly the next big idea that I could create IS, but rather how I can combine all the different things I do into one larger behemoth of a tool/magazine/whatever it is that it's going to look like.
I'm a HUGE fan of creating new ideas – taking a number of different elements and combining them together into something ultimately more useable by people whose lives could be better for them. You see effects of this in daily life. Social networking has made people more aware of what's going on in the broader world around them. You wouldn't have the Magic Bullet if there hadn't been a need identified for people to have quicker ways to produce and consume foods that would previously take far greater lengths of time to prepare.
It's all about riding the wave of change, or getting drowned by it. I've gotta learn how to surf. Let's take a look at the madness I'm up to at the moment:

So from left to right, roughly, we have:
  • the unsorted stuff
  • a pile (face-down) of the stuff I have to do for the 9-to-5
  • a soon-to-be-retired notebook with a couple of fun saying on it
  • my BlackBerry Bold 9700 (kinda mad that I got it in early September and the 9780's around the corner, but whatever)
  • my iPod Touch 4th Gen (used for gaming and music more than anything else, though I'm starting to explore what other possibilities I might not have considered for future projects)
  • pens and pencils
  • Macbook Pro
  • my inspiration file
  • note-taking paper
  • a pile of things to draw
  • the more IMMEDIATE to-do's
I'm trying to take collections of things like these and make them into SOMETHING. Something I can use to improve life for others. To make an impact. I don't know what it looks like yet, but I'm not going to let these ideas just die off.
Have a good night, y'all – let the search for the great idea COMMENCE!!!
–case p.