School holidays are near… 8 tests from now and I’ll have most of my time free to do whatever I want for 2 months. But what is free time useful for if you don’t have something to do with it? Well, actually, I have.
I had been quite demotivated to even stand in front of my computer recently, mainly because of some totally unexplainable delays in some overbureaucratic processes inside the project I had been devoting most of my time to until now, Debian, which are probably due to some kind of prejudice or prejudgement (age?) by some specific individuals.
Not too long ago, after living that feeling of frustration for 3 years, I decided I should do something else for the desktop environment I liked so much (GNOME), more than the little translation work I had been doing until then. To my pleasant surprise, the GNOME Project received me and my tiny contributions with arms wide open and is now, for me, a great mixture of a project I love, a family, and probably more.
That has boosted my motivation to levels I hadn’t seen in a long time… I think I had even forgotten how good it feels, and I owe this to you guys, thanks!
As for my plans from now on, I intend to keep expanding my contributions, just like I’ve been doing in the past few months, although in a rather faster pace, but also intend to use some time to study and learn, something I haven’t dedicated myself to for some time either. I want to
hack on some cooler and more complex stuff, and I’ll have to concentrate on acquiring knowledge if I want to achieve that.
Finally, as “Yet Another Motivation Boost” ™, we’re going to have the second Fórum GNOME – for which some great graphics have been put on gnome.org thanks to Andreas Nilsson – in 11 days from now. If I manage to attend, which I hope I will, it will be a great opportunity to meet good friends again and to get know some nice people, which is
a great way to feel more involved, which is, in turn, a great source of motivation! See you guys there, hopefully! =)