I've wanted to start a blog forever, but I don't think I ever quite understood why. For as long as I could remember, I wanted to do things, to be somebody. So, I came up with all sorts of things. Becoming a famous actress, a famous singer, a famous writer. As I got older and careers started evolving, I thought of famous YouTuber, a famous blogger, a famous podcaster, a famous influencer. I've always been interested in business so I also liked the idea of starting a company or a nonprofit and having it grow to be successful.
Do you get the keyword here? I wanted to be famous. My interests were far and wide but whenever I thought of going forward with them, it's like fame had to be a must. A part of me really did want it for the fun of it. I really am interested in music and singing, writing, acting, and a bunch more. Still, there was a part of me that wanted the fame only. The recognition.
As hard as it is to declare this, there were times I only wanted to help to be seen as good. I wanted to be Superman, or technically Supergirl in my case, not for the act of saving people, but for the recognition that came with it.
It's not right. I didn't like the way that I thought, especially because now I like helping people more for just the feeling of helping someone. It's kind of intoxicating. That moment you realize that they're a little better off and you helped them get there. Giving really is better than receiving.
But those fame thoughts sometimes still linger. It's not that it's bad to want to be recognized or successful but why should the definition of success be having everyone know your name and lots of money to back it up.
I just read a blog this morning. The post I read today was about him possibly ending the blog. In the comments, someone pleaded them not to, saying they check it every day. They love it and need it. And that's what I want.
I want to be a blogger who touches people's hearts. I'd like to think that someone needs to hear what I have to say. I want to blog because I want to. Because I want to explore new things and learn and talk about all that I experience. I want to write. I want to learn. I want to embark on this journey whether or not it become monetized, whether or not it makes me famous.
More importantly, I want to help people. I want to do something that gives someone what they need. Even if it's just one person, one person is enough.
What I'm trying to say is learn, start things, and do projects because you want to. Because someone needs it. Because you need it. Fame is nice and money is greatly appreciated, but don't let that be your why. Your why can be anything. It can be nothing. It can be just because.
When all is said and done, fame is fleeting and money gets spent. But that feeling of success and accomplishment you get is timeless. That is valuable. It's worth more than all the fame and money combined.
My project is to start a blog that documents my experiences, sparks an interest in learning, and, hopefully, helps other people. I'm doing this because I want to reach people and simply because I want to.
This is my project. What's yours?
I hope you enjoyed this post about why you should start projects. Here are some of the blog posts I read and a TED talk I watched that led me to this train of thought: