Self Reflections and taking chances

On the drive back home from the MDNUG meeting, I heard a song on the radio (as I often do) and somehow I just connected with certain parts of the song…

Here is the part that I remember quite clearly:

I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly
I’ll do what it takes til’ I touch the sky
I’ll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change

[Song: Breakaway, sung by Kelly Clarkson (American Idol winner!)]

It really got me thinking about things, about things that are going around me. I thought I should take a chance and do something diffrent, in that process i’ll be learning something new, a new experience, something diffrent.

It can be applied to several things that are circling inside my mind these days. But i’ll just put it into context of something from today.

I think I should take a chance, and not worry too much about performing/giving a speech in front of an audience. [Chris suggested that I should consider giving a talk to MDNUG if there is a topic that I think is important, but has not yet been covered by anybody.] Chris gives a good point (and then interpreted in my own way): users make up a user group, so users should help with topic suggestions as to what they want to hear. And if they know a lot about that topic, perhaps they should share their knowledge with fellow user group attendees.

Sharing of knowledge helps builds a stronger community, it also builds up a local support network (as the aus-dotnet list has become).

Quite often lately I have been a bit not really wanting to speak up too much and just keep to myself. Though just last year and the years before that while I was still at Uni. There was no concern about speaking up during lectures when I knew the answer to something, there was also always the constant muttering of the answer under my breath that only those friends sitting closeby could hear.

Much has changed, including some of my attitude since leaving uni, matured a bit too I suppose. And being by yourself most of the day at work, you do crawl back into your shell a bit. Whereas during university, I was always surrounded by friends, and involved myself in many many differing on campus activities.

On Sunday, while attending a friends’ 21st one friend commented about how they recalled during first year I went down the flight of stairs in the lecture theatre to go help out the lecturer to get the PC and projector to work. (Don’t ask, it was a spur of the moment type of thing). [You’re probably thinking, teachers’ pet or something hey?]

I wasn’t always like that though, i’m certain that during highschool there was a bit of that, but not to that extent. I almost always shyed away from excessively volunteering myself or at all during highschool.

Once I stepped into Uni, I seem to recall telling myself that I should take those opportunities that come my way and see how things go. As the song says “take a chance, make a change”. I definately did that during my time at uni. Looking back, those were great times that I had during uni, so I think there comes a time, and opportunity arises, I should once again, “take a chance, make a change” and learn during that process.

I know from what I did during uni, it may well be a struggle at first, but with practice and dedication things generally turn out quite well when I am willing to “take a chance”.

I seem to start writing a lot when it is in regards to topics that I am I quite passionate about. No, shorter entries definately do not mean i’m just posting for the sake of posting, that’s another issue though.

There are a lot of topics which i’m very passionate about for various reasons. Topics include (but not limited to): China, Chinese, Blogs, Blogging, New IT Technologies (I know it is a very broad area, but so is my interest level in new IT technologies, not just programming ones), MDNUG, My Work, aus-dotnet mailing list, Passionate individuals, my family, my heritage, and the list definately does expand beyond that.

I think that if you are not passionate about something, it is quite hard to do much with that particular something.

I’ll post my summary of the MDNUG meeting for this month, and last month, hopefully soon.