Hard Fork Your Life (if the current “rules” suck, make new ones)
A hard fork involves splitting the path of a blockchain by invalidating transactions confirmed by nodes that have not been upgraded to the new version of the protocol software.
Thoughts from a plane.
Looking down from the plane the people look tiny. In fact, you can’t even see them. Just the tiny cars moving slower and smaller than ants across the landscape on thin gray lines you know are interstates and highways.
If the people exited their vehicles, they’d be less than the size of fleas. What is this world?? Billions and billions of individuals, with individual minds, hopes, dreams, aspirations, and pain. And what does it all mean?
Think of how much you consider what others are thinking of you. It happens to the best of us. It’s hard to parent around our parents. It’s hard to hit the ball when everyone is watching. It’s often hard to speak your truest mind, when it feels like some of the “most important” of the billions of other fleas are watching.
Life is fleeting.
My son started to cry today when he asked about his mother and I, and the time when we would die. He told me it was scary, to think of us being gone. It is scary. Life is brief, by even the most generous estimations, and the thought of those we love leaving us ought to render us all the more appreciative.
And, looked at another way:
It also ought to make us NOT GIVE A DAMN about what anyone thinks, and follow OUR OWN dreams and goals in this lifetime!
Hardfork your life.
As many of you know, the top dog crypto Bitcoin recently underwent a hard fork, resulting in a new crypto currency split from the old chain called “Bitcoin Cash.” Now, regardless of any personal opinions you may or may not have about Bitcoin Cash, the metaphor I am going to pursue here still works:
The creators of Bitcoin Cash were unhappy with the “normal Bitcoin” and wanted something better. The rules that govern the Bitcoin core blockchain did not fit their vision for what a cryptocurrency should be.
I’m here to suggest now that the same thing can be done in our lives. We can “hard fork” ourselves into a new path, and leave the old, no-longer-satisfactory blockchain (life path/way of living) behind. In fact, that is what I will be doing with my life here, in the very near future.
I’m going to pour all my energy into Steemit and my Voluntary Japan stuff. Videos, blogging, etc.
I also have a part time gig with a new cryptocurrency group here in Japan, which will provide some supplemental income, managing a group of international communicators, doing translations, and facilitating communication online related to the group, in general.
Gonna hard fork my life into what I wanna do!
I’ve done this several times before. It’s not easy, but each time I make that cut, and remove what I don’t want in my life as much as I can, the spiraling loops around what I feel is true center for me get closer and closer to that center, and life becomes much better in terms of enjoyment, appreciation, and quality.
Things may not work out how we plan when we make changes or take a risk. Our savings may fall through and the creek might rise. Life is in constant flux.
Well, I may have to think of something else and adapt and adjust.
That’s life! The spiral keeps zoning in on our true center, however, no matter what we are doing, or what we have to do, if we are true to ourselves.
Refusing to validate those relationships, thought patterns, and situations (whatever they may be) in your life that no longer serve you, your personal interests, vision, and passion for your life path, will result in a hard fork into a new way of life, leaving the old blockchain behind, for a brand new and better one.
Graham Smith is a Voluntaryist activist, creator, and peaceful parent residing in Niigata City, Japan. Graham runs the "Voluntary Japan" online initiative with a presence here on Steem, as well as Facebook and Twitter. (Hit me up so I can stop talking about myself in the third person!)