2 Year Anniversary – Chained Events in Steem and Beyond

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I love how people always celebrate their anniversaries here on Steem. Do people on Facebook have anniversaries? Even if they did, how lame that would be :D I think it goes to show how deeply people care about it here.

Crazy how fast time has gone – even my mailman job I've had for 5 months already. I'm a bit tired and having the sniffles, for why this is coming a day later to my anniversary, or well, actually because I forgot it was 15th not 16th when my anniversary was, until @acidyo reminded me. I'm a bit tired of the job, too, and I'm not as eager for it. It might be just the fact that it has become such a routine that my mind starts to wonder while sorting the mail and begin to question my being there. However, yesterday was much nicer when I got to chit chat with this one girl whilst working – who's doing her Master's alongside – and not dwelling with all kind of nonsense in my own head. Still, I think I'm going to stick with it until Steemfest if work is available, because for one month of work I can save somewhat the amount equal to the costs of the Thailand trip and Steemfest 4 in Bangkok. A lot of missed money if I didn't work. Though I realize that making money one's master is not a good idea either – and that is not what we're here ultimately to do, shouldn't at least – because then you'd have to become a tyrant to yourself to kick yourself up every morning doing something you don't enjoy. And that is no bueno either. Though I'm never going to reach that point and get stuck in the mail office, you see

I'm going to become a massage therapist.

I have my spot secured in a massage school, starting in January, so I'm already committed to it.

But the series of events that led to this decision is a crazy story with several coincidences when thinking about it back – Steem being a key component in it.

Strap on.

The beginning

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It was 2017, the time when I was completely oblivious about Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrencies. I was about to upgrade my graphics card to a better one to power some of my games on my PC. Prices were in the Moon, and looking for a reason why, it turned out to be because of Ethereum – which was mined with the same graphics cards that gamers use. And thus, the first shovelful of dirt into the rabbit whole was dug. Ethereum, Bitcoin, blockchain, decentralization – and eventually Steem that I somehow ended up finding, probably because of some crypto article on Steemit I found via Google. I made my account there on 15th of August and soon made my introduction post. I wanted to do it right, and I spent hours learning html just to arrange my pictures nicely. It payed off, since I got an upvote from @blocktrades and was on the top spots of Trending for a while – a full strike on the first throw, you could say. And man, was I happy.

But the high didn't last long, because the following posts earned only cents, and this is exactly the critical point where a user will make it or brake it: finding one's place, and finding the right people to engage with. I think many, too many make the mistake of just making stuff and posting, but not really reaching out, not doing this together with people. I think we've become conditioned to the "lonely living" that modern life in many cases have driven us into, without a sense of community in our daily lives, hence why so many people give up and leave, because they don't change their behavior to be more outreaching. Well, that is how I feel anyway, and this topic could be a post on its own.

So, it was a bit lonely in the beginning, however, I had found couple people who regularly engaged with me, like @arbitrarykitten who commented on my intro post, and after months went by, I was found by @escapist who introduced me to the OG Danger Zone group in Steem.chat with some pretty cool people.

Steemfest

Fast forward to 2018 I heard that Steemfest 3 was to take place in Krakow with Steemians from around the world attending. I had gotten even more involved with Steem and had met few Steemians in real life, too. This accompanied with Poland being relatively close to Finland, I decided to go. It was totally kick-ass event, hence I will be there for the SF 4, too.

After Steemfest 3, however, I didn't go straight back to home, but decided to go for a little adventure, to Romania.

I took a tram to the last stop south of Krakow, and from thereon I hitched a ride from a gas stations, until I eventually found the Polish truck driver, whose favorite word was "kurwa", and got dropped to Ruzomberok, Slovakia. From there I managed to hitch further to Kosice, closer to Hungarian border.

Budapest

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From Kosice it was a bit of a struggle to get a ride to south across Hungarian border from where I would continue south-east to Romania. I eventually did find a ride, however, the driver was going south-west, to Budapest. Sticking with my plan, I should've dropped the ride early at an awkward spot where it would've been hard to pick another ride towards where I was going. Sitting in the car, pondering the situation, I decided to go along with it, all the way to Budapest.

The driver was really nice and welcomed me with a shot of Palinka (yes, not only Romanians love Palinka) at his work place, a bar. I thanked, "köszönöm", and proceeded to go to my hostel I had reserved a spot in. In this hostel I met couple guys who casually asked to trade massages. Massage trading was not a thing I had done, but decided that "sure, why not".


I think you can now see the picture coming together. It wasn't like I knew then at the moment that I wanted to be a massage therapist, but it surely contributed to the idea of going that route. Had I not found Steem and gone traveling inspired by it, had I not decided to go to Budapest in a whim, it might be I would still be completely lost. Maybe I would've gotten the same idea after being long enough in the post office, who knows, or maybe I wouldn't, cannot ever know since this is the particular series of events I've gone through.

I'm looking down some of my posts from the past, and it's interesting to compare the one I was, and the one I am. One comment in a travel update from @tarazkp was particularly striking where he said that I'm going to hold those adventure memories close to my heart. They might turn out to be very important indeed. Future is still largely unknown, but for a change, a brighter one.

I was lucky to find this one school in Helsinki that has its course starting in January, I don't need to move and it fits like a glove with the Steemfest 4 and Thailand trip I have for November. Also, it's only a year long, but one that gives abilities for a profession after completing the vocational qualifications. Not too bad.

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Congratulations! Two years is quite a journey considering what the chain has been through. The travelling poked my inner man and now i know that when I can I'll travel as much as I can. I enjoyed the voyages you go through even if it was via text and stunning photos! I wish you nothing but the best going forward:)

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Thanks, @tezmel!

Hopefully you'll be able to travel one day too. All the best for you too!

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Congrats on the two years, and on choosing a path towards a career rather than a job. It can make all the difference in life when you enjoy your work... Even a little. There is a saying that originated in the USA: 'going postal.' it's important to avoid going postal lol

Funnily enough I thought about learning massage therapy myself a while ago but it never happened. If I remember right it was the price tag of the course that I couldn't afford at the time.

Enjoy steemfest brother. I'm not able to make it this year 😒 so I'll have to catch up with all the happenings through peoples posts 👍

P.s. a bit of advice... Be careful of Chiang beer in Thailand. It varies in strength from one bottle to another from 5% - 10% 🤣

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There is a saying that originated in the USA: 'going postal.' it's important to avoid going postal lol

Didn't know what that means, but I found this in Wikipedia:

"The expression derives from a series of incidents from 1986 onward in which United States Postal Service (USPS) workers shot and killed managers, fellow workers, and members of the police or general public in acts of mass murder."

Yeah... I have to agree on that "not going postal" part, haha.

Funnily enough I thought about learning massage therapy myself a while ago but it never happened. If I remember right it was the price tag of the course that I couldn't afford at the time.

Ah, that's a shame. Mine costs 2400€ in total, but despite being a private school, it's still eligable for financial aid from the government, so that's nice.

Enjoy steemfest brother. I'm not able to make it this year 😒 so I'll have to catch up with all the happenings through peoples posts 👍

Can't have it all, might have to skip it next year myself, too, due to the massage school.

P.s. a bit of advice... Be careful of Chiang beer in Thailand. It varies in strength from one bottle to another from 5% - 10% 🤣

I'm gluten free and I don't think I'm going to find any gluten-free beer easily, so shouldn't be a problem for me, haha.

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I'm gluten free and I don't think I'm going to find any gluten-free beer easily, so shouldn't be a problem for me, haha.

Haha, well in that case... be careful of the buckets. They're basically a bucket with a can of lilt, a few mini bottles of rum and an energy drink in them. You can buy them on the beaches, and then you pour all the ingredients into the bucket and sip with a straw... but they're too easy to drink in the heat so you end up pished. The beaches there are amazing though if you're gonna travel outside Bangkok.

Now that's how we all should travel!
Have a great time learning to give all your goodness hands on!

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Now that's how we all should travel!

It's the uncomfortable way, but it is the adventurous way.

Have a great time learning to give all your goodness hands on!

Grappling each others bodies for studying, should be fun :D

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Congrats on two years, what a great chain of events, and how nice to have some training to look forwards to!

Good career that, very physical!

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Congrats on two years, what a great chain of events, and how nice to have some training to look forwards to!

Yes! I will be very happy to have a change in scenery after being in the post office for so long, well, long on my standards :P

Good career that, very physical!

Let's not talk of any career yet, one thing at a time is my style of doing things, like I said for the interviewee – he respected my honesty in that I don't have a specific plan prepared already for the following years. But on the paper at least it seems like something I'd like to do. We will see :D

Man, I celebrate with you on the journey, I believe it has not be easy hut you keep pushing. I celebrate with you

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Thanks @doyi! It's not always easy, but such is life: it goes in waves of ups and downs.

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Congrats on being here for two years. I'd say your path here on Steem has been incredible. A lot of stories told, and a lot of thoughts thrown out there in attempt to understand and improve yourself along the way.

Really showing the way in which the blockchain can reward self-understanding and self-improvement, with friendships alongside. d:^)

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Thanks a lot @namiks!

Really showing the way in which the blockchain can reward self-understanding and self-improvement, with friendships alongside. d:^)

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I always believe that everything that happens in life happens for a reason. Great story my friend and thanks for sharing. Maybe we'll see each other in steemfest 4.

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I always believe that everything that happens in life happens for a reason.

I've never believed in destiny per se, but this is something that makes me at least play with the idea that "what if..."

So you'll be there for SF4? Great!

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yeah ill be there! see you around man!

Congrats! Let me remind you of the possibility of making Actifit posts on your delivery rounds. That way, you can squeeze every little bit of financial benefit from your job.

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Thanks!

Yeah, I could post using Actifit, but nah... not regularly at least. Don't want my Steeming time feel like obligation.

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I haven’t actually got round to using Actifit, either.

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