Last Monday, I unleashed the beast of a post on 36 bloggers and their investing styles. It took a lot of time, persistence, and energy to compile and polish up that piece for publication. Some of you reading this are probably laughing at how many times I badgered you with emails saying “Hey, just following up on that investing style paragraph – got it ready yet?” Half the battle was summoning up the courage to cold call so many bloggers and compiling the paragraphs. The other half was actually taking the raw material and crafting it into a finished product. Let me tell you a story of how it almost never happened.
I’m going to be completely honest: I was going to recycle an old post for this post. It was a post from the beginning of Kapitalust back in July 2013. It was called Don’t Fear Your Future. But as I read through that long ago post, I realized I can’t simply make some minor edits and repackage it out as something new. I need it to remain as it was written back then. Because it’s a reminder of the goals I want to achieve. It needs to be preserved because of what I am about to write now.
We can’t see the road ahead. We can’t see the future. No one can. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of what lies ahead. It doesn’t mean we can’t create what comes next.
When we were children, the world was our oyster. We were all scientists, artists, builders. We were never daunted. We didn’t know impossible.
Then as we grew older, the world methodically, both subliminally and blatantly, extinguished this idea.
Conformity. Rigidity. Don’t be foolish. Don’t be naive. Don’t look stupid.
This personal finance blog has been a manifestation of a revelation. It took over two decades to recapture the idealism of childhood. That anything is possible. The past is fixed, unchangeable. The future isn’t.