A Year Ago Today, I made my first Steemit Post

in steemit •  3 months ago

Happy Independence Day!

That post began:

"I’m here to write. I’m here to learn."

I've done quite a bit of both over the past year, but I had no idea that Steem would change my whole life. I was homeless and hadn't had a job in over ten years. I knew that my life needed changing, but I would never have guessed that a seemingly innocuous blogging website had so much to offer.

You can pretty well divide that year right down the middle. I came to Steemit with addictions and plenty of baggage, which are being gradually replaced by healthy habits, new skills, and positive directions to focus my energy.

The first half I spent 8-10 hours a day reading, meeting new people, asking lots of questions, learning about how this site works and creating research-based content. I didn't learn too much about blockchain in general, but I learned a ton about Steem. I learned the ins and outs of markdown\html, copyright, and creative commons. I met a lot of amazing people, won a ticket to SteemFest 2, and had an amazing time working towards creating a new life.

Around the holidays, the crypto market started to explode. I was paying bills, but I was also getting further into debt. As the markets plummeted, the burnout set in. Around that time I dealt with major depression over the state of my life leading up to that point, and the wreckage left behind me. I tried to end my life, and failed. Surviving made me to put the bottle down. Quitting alcohol after so many years of depending on it for my daily (mal)function led to a lot more emotional turmoil. Without booze to regulate my emotions, and quiet my thoughts, I withdrew.

I realized I needed to have a source of income that wasn't subject to significant fluctuation, and I wasn't feeling very social. So I bought a years subscription to Grammarly and hit the freelance market. Right when I was getting a freelance profile developed, a couple of fellow Steemians contacted me about some work they needed help with. That kept me busy enough until the freelance site started picking up, and now it's keeping me busier than ever. Somewhere in this process I realized that if I wanted to make any progress, I needed to stop obsessing with guilt and regret and simply be the best possible human I can be, with every day I have to live. "one day at a time" as it were.

I've been diving deep into all things Blockchain, and AI. In fact, I write more about Artificial Intelligence than I do about blockchain anymore. It's another hugely important technology that's blowing up right now, and quite a bit more mature than blockchain. I won't get into all of that right now, but you can believe that when I finally make enough time in my schedule to regularly publish on Steem again, there's going to be a ton of knowledge flowing through this blog.

I don't have much more time or energy to put into this post... but I did want to send an update and let you all know what's going on. I go to a Substance Abuse\Mental Health clinic a few days a week, I spend some time every morning reading and learning about managing addiction, and I spend a Ton of time researching blockchain\AI and developing a craft as a writer. I don't make much money, but I'm doing something I really love, and I'm building a future for myself while participating in a movement that's building a future for humanity.

by: Yusaymon

It's interesting that I'm here now, in blockchain. When I initially dropped out of society, I was utterly disillusioned with the system. I didn't want to participate in what was established for us all, and the way we are expected to go. My method of "as little participation with capitalism" didn't work too well, and wasn't sustainable. It also enabled me to develop a lot of unhealthy habits. Now, as I'm trying to drop back into society, and earn a living for myself, I've somehow found my way to a revolutionary technology that has the potential to fix a lot of what made me drop out in the first place! I dropped out and experienced the remnants of a previous attempt at revolution, little did I know that a new one was being quietly born out of the cypherpunk community. As much as I wish I could have been there for the beginnings of bitcoin, I think a lot of the experiences I had pre-blockchain shed light on the difficulties of decentralized communities.

It makes perfect sense when I think about it, but I wasn't thinking about that stuff when I got here. I just needed to figure out how I could make money from writing. I found a lot more than that. I found a new life, and the motivation to keep making it new.

I'm very grateful for blockchain, Steemit, all of you, and the amazing connections I've made here. Today is Independence Day. If you drink, have one for me. <3

p.s. Slothicorn is making a SmartCash proposal, it'd be a great help if you'd head over and check out that post. Thank You!

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CONGRATS OLD FRIEND! wishing you strength in your battles, and continuing success and joy on the platform!

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<3 yes yes.. I'll be back around more often, gradually. Staying too busy for my own good, off platform, currently. But I couldn't let my steemiversary slide by without dropping a post. I hope all is well with you. It's been a long time since we've chatted.

Happy Steemiversary. I'll send you some SBI shares and take a bit off the pesky loan as a gift.
I've done a bit in AI too if you'd like to hmu via Discord.

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<3 Thank You! AI\ML is nuts bro! and it's taking over the world. But not like terminator....

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Siraj Raval (YouTuber) is just kicking off his 100 days of AI/ML code - you could get on the hype train. ConvNet is a good place to get a feel for DCCs because you can work 100% in your browser and see the layers and results as you go. For sure you'll soon outgrow ConvNet but it's a great way to get started embedding some abstract concepts while experimenting.

What can I say, this is more than emotional you see I could relate as well, I was in the most turbulent time of my life too, when I found steemit, it's been really long my friend, I'm glad you're sharing your story, cheers, it's an amazing milestone.

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Thank you, friend! It feels way more like a new beginning than it did a year ago.

Happy birthday :)

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thank you, roxane! Blessings <3

When you told me that you have tried meditation, i didn't liked the idea. meditation is good but what you were called meditation did sounded like an unnecessary ritual which (i believed) will lead to more confusion rather than calm your mind and make you realize some fundamental truth about yourself.
but now i read your lines:

I realized that if I wanted to make any progress, I needed to stop obsessing with guilt and regret and simply be the best possible human I can be, with every day I have to live. "one day at a time" as it were

i'm very happy that you find that out with or without meditation, that is what matters the most. there is no past or future because there is only now. there was now in the past and there will be a now in the future when it's time. therefore all we should worry about is now.

i'm very happy to know you and glad being your friend. good luck with your projects! :)

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Squirrelmaster!!!! the meditation I described is a lot of work, but it has proven results for 4000+ years ;)

It's always a pleasure to see you here, and there. Congrats on the major upgrade to Gina.

Congratulations on your one year anniversary @inquiringtimes but even more for sharing your amazing story.

Sounds like you've really made a big turnaround in a very difficult situation.

I hope it continues to get better and better for you.

Sending love and hugs! 😍

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I still have a lot of work ahead of me. Thank You.

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That may be true @inquiringtimes but you have come a very long way already. You're doing great by the sound of it! 😍

Happy anniversary :D <3

I'm happy to hear that Steemit made you want to become a better, healthier, and more social person. I feel that if anything, you've learned so many valuable skills that you can take back into your world now. Grats on dropping alcohol, and becoming more interested in blockchain, A.I., and technology as a whole.

One day at a time is right. You may not know exactly where your journey will take you next, but something tells me that it will be some place amazing!!!

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<3 thanks shello. I'll keep chugging away, and re-growing my brain :)

Best wishes for your one year to be fulfilled Steemit has given you a new life. Make this life your wish. Similarly you keep writing

a year, well I never. Happy steemit anniversary @inquiringtimes. Steemit has opened up many opportunities for both of us. Stay positive, keep working and find a place where you are happy, to me thats success :-)

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<3 Thanks for everything!

Congrats to you. I am late, but here I am, still on steemit......I have learned a lot from you. I'm glad we are friends.

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Aww! Stella, I miss chatting with you. I hope you're doing well. <3

happy anniversary longlifesmartcash

congrats!! Wishing you continuing success. :)
Same here on the learning and writing.

Happy anniversary :)

Wow, I like the whole turn that your life gave, you know I'm like you at your beginning, I really do not know how this works, and I go to level 50 and I still do not win regularly, I want to learn like you, so, What accounts do you recommend to follow to learn more?
And thank you very much for sharing your experience, your example of struggle inspires me.

Passing away after reading this post will be very questionable to my heart. This article has not only gingered my spirit, but it has giving me a boost of motivation beyond imagination. Thanks to @inquiringtimes for the post, i'll keep up to more of such for how to move on with steemit and share my own story. I believe i can still share my own good news someday like you guys.

@inquiringtimes, Happy birthday :)

You've made a perfect development in a year.What would you recommend for beginners like me?

Hello @inquiringtimes, congratulations, it most be a great moment! We are new to the community and loving it! It is hard but we like the challenge.

Saludos from México,

@Layra

It's cool that you shared how you used to spend your time at the beginning, and how you evolved by time. :)
Happy anniversary! :D

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congratulations @inquiringtimes on celebrating the 1st anniversary on this amazing community. You earned a lot of respect, reputation & SP here on this platform. It shows your dedication, devotion and commitment toward this community. Keep it up. I wish you all the best @ inquiringtimes

IT, 2 months since your last post? Get to work you lazy writer... :P