Fortune Favors the Foolish! - One Adventure Comes to a Close and a New Era Begins... Join Me as I Step Into the Unknown!

in #life2 years ago (edited)

On the tail end of a wild and uncertain year, from the present-day middle known as Minnesota... I have been gearing up to head South for the winter with my darlin' @wolfcat, destination: Taos, New Mexico. That adventure has now begun, but first a few words concerning the days gone by.

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Farewell EOS Detroit, Live Long and Prosper!

Back in May of 2018, I cast my lot with the remarkable team of the people-powered startup EOS Detroit. Eighteen months later, due to a combination of ambitious ideas, challenges with EOS governance, and lack of consistent BP (block producer) rewards, EOS Detroit has not yet been able to leave survival mode and I no longer have the capacity to sustain my involvement. Being on the frontline of communications for a BP team within the eternally dynamic EOSIO politico cryptoscape is not for the faint of heart, but it has been one hell of a ride! I have made amazing connections all around the world, traveled, and learned so much about the EOSIO ecosystem.

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So, after a good run with many wonderful adventures, it is time to move on. I now say farewell to the remarkable team of @eos.detroit both past and present, but not goodbye, for the infrastructure we are building today will serve as a profound framework for a broad range of empowering tools and services in the future, and I won’t be a stranger.

”When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
– Alexander Graham Bell


Gratitude for Strong Allies

If you’re an avid reader, and viewer, of the @kommienezuspadt dark-pinup gazette, you’ll perhaps know that we have been commiserating over the oft tumultuous life of the freelance creative. Lars is maybe the most relentless freelance creative I've ever met and he manages a remarkable balance of quality and output.

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Lars in the zone @caffetto

My conversations and collaborations with Lars over this past year have been one of the most enduring and encouraging features of this zany life. We've experienced the peaks and valleys of the cryptoscape together. Our only continuity has been the legendary Gorkha Palace Buffet, the creative family at @caffetto, and the unbridled creative urge we both share.

So a big shoutout to @kommienezuspadt, one of my most supportive and encouraging brothers-at-arms in a life which has felt a good deal like a crypto-punk patchwork hot-air balloon careening wildly towards a flickering horizon of unseen potential. Maybe you, dear reader, can relate. After all, the crypto bear market has been pawing with us all for a while now, and only a handful are immune to the market’s wild vicissitudes. We need each other to endure!

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It All Comes Down to This

The life which I have thus far been blessed to live has crossed oceans, climbed mountains, and delved into countless worlds both spiritual and mundane. For the balance of my forty-three years on our beloved earth I have learned from many great teachers and allies. I have been seasoned in a wide variety of skills and professions. I have followed my intuitions and inclinations to the distant reaches of the horizon. I have had my share of risky, high-stakes ventures. I have tasted the sweetness of success, and have been plunged into dark depths of failure. There is one thing, however, I have never gone fully all-in on, and that my friends… is myself.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
– Marianne Williamson

Despite years of adventures and misadventures, I have not fully honored the gifts I have been given. I've been hedging my bets, making myself small, defaulting to all kinds of strange compromises with my talents, perhaps fearing the enormous responsibility that will come if I really step into my own power as a creative individual, with no organization or group to camouflage myself within if the going gets tough. But the going always gets tough eventually and in the end, it is our unique and very personal response to life's challenges which we must live or die by.

After all, no one gets out of here alive!

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I'm Stepping Through The Door... Join Me!

Your teacher can open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
师父领进门,修行在个人
Shīfù lǐng jìn mén, xiūxíng zài gè rén
– Chinese Proverb

Today, I'm making the wholehearted leap into a life of creative action!

Of course, in order to get here, I've set out far from home with no choice left but to advance. I'm going to need your help with this!

Here are my goals through 2020!

  • Finish my first Novel
  • Launch a blockchain coaching & consulting business.
  • Continue being an advocate for Steem adoption
  • Continue providing insightful commentary and thought pieces on the intersection of community and blockchain technology.
  • Launch a blog @wolfjoy with my partner @wolfcat filled with enchanted adventures, homespun creations, and new discoveries.
  • Blog or Vlog every day here @lovejoy even if it's just to check-in briefly! ;)
  • Continue collaborating with and supporting the work of OLCERI
  • Continue searching for and finally locate the crash site of BUNO 17254
  • Get back to my visual art roots! Generate a series of ink and watercolor to start.

Be My Accomplice!

Join my newly launched patreon!
Make a contribution in STEEM or SBD directly to @lovejoy or @wolfjoy
Send EOS to: loveistheway
Buy me a coffee through ko-fi
And of course... I appreciate every vote I receive here!

Thank you all so much for following my journey this far! I sooo appreciate you for being here. :)

Much more to come!
@lovejoy

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That's a great looking group of people in the picture there! Good luck on what comes next! It's gotta be hard, but you have to do what is best for you. I don't think many people could have anticipated all of the roadblocks that would come with EOS. In time I am sure they will get sorted out, but it could be longer than any of us anticipate. Again, good luck!

Thanks @bozz! Yeah, the team at EOS Detroit shines! DPOS legend @robrigo is one of the most unrecognized players in the EOSIO ecosystem... EOS Detroit will prevail in the end, I just can't hang in there. Hope to see you around! Cheers, brandon

Yes, they are indeed! It has been cool to watch them evolve. That's @robrigo, flying under the radar! I enjoy watching the conversations on Telegram and participating in the EOS Detroit BOID team. Again, best of luck to you!

I support and encourage you in your coming efforts.

Thanks for the words of encouragement!

Good luck my friend! I admire your determination and commitment to embodying your gifts. They say the grass is always greener on the other side, and when you're given only one body/mind/spirit with which to travel this earth, everything feels somewhat other, but trying your hand at many things is not an endeavor done in vain! I think the only way to truly find yourself is to first figure out what you're not.

Here's to you, your life, and your precious time.