Looking back and looking forward
I was going through some old articles I wrote 2-3 years ago and discovered a mixed collection in regards to quality. It was difficult reading some of them because they were quite frankly cringe worthy, but it made me start thinking about how much things change over time when we are working on them constantly. I personally feel that it's important to continuously improve yourself in every aspect of your life, and to never settle.
Perfection is impossible, but that doesn't mean that striving to achieve excellence should ever become a secondary thought. Humans have achieved incredible things through perseverance, stubbornness and sheer will to attain success. For these reasons, I consider that it is important to look back occasionally and view your growth from time to time.
Even though I detest some of the things I have written in the past, I should not try to hide them or be embarrassed by them. I've always found that people try to do this in life and it's quite ridiculous. We're all aware that things don't magically turn out perfect all the time, and yet, we try to present this image to others, almost to convince them that this is the case. Yes, I am generalizing here, and I know for a fact that not everyone is like this, in fact, many people are actually very transparent and will be happy to showcase their failures alongside their successes. I am of this viewpoint as well. I think we should show both at all times.
Looking back at these articles has made me realise how much I've improved in terms of writing over the past few years. But there is always so much more to learn and so much more to be done. I consider that we should never stop seeking to improve ourselves, but it helps to look at our past failures in order to assess how we've improved and how we can grow in the future.
Right now I'm trying to find as many opportunities as possible to engage in writing on a professional level, and I've had some success here and there, but I feel as though this is the sort of the thing that comes in stages. Right now I consider myself to be at a particularly low, beginners stage. This is not a negative thing by any means, but it means that there is much to be learnt before I can move up and onwards. I am excited by the prospects of the future, but just like the past, I won't obsess over it and instead, occasionally I'll be looking back, and then looking forward.
- Christian Reeve
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