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  • Writer's pictureJuls Ortega

What 2022 has taught me

Updated: Feb 8

If there’s one thing 2022 has taught me – it’s how to be brave.

For most of my life I’ve played it safe. Did what I was told to do. Did what I thought I needed to do. But never fully thinking about what I wanted to do. But in 2022, after being in and out of lockdowns, I was forced to reflect on my life and think about how I wanted to live it.

In 2022, I did what I think is the riskiest and scariest thing I’ve had to do in my life (so far). I decided to take a leap of faith, leave my comfort zone, follow my passion, and take the path into the unknown with no way of knowing whether I was going to succeed or not.

And trust me when I say this – it wasn’t an easy decision to make.

You see, I’ve always admired the people who “took the risk” and “made it”. We often see and hear of stories on social media about someone quitting university and becoming a successful entrepreneur, or the dude who started a YouTube channel and is now earning millions. Or how about the girl who quit her job to travel the world and is now a well-known travel blogger.

I always thought to myself – how did they do it? They must be few of the “lucky ones”.

But, 12 months ago, what started out as a casual conversation with a friend ended up motivating me to start my YouTube channel I’ve always dreamed of doing. And surprisingly, after taking that first step, the rest of the steps followed (some without even me realising), and that ultimately led me to the path I am now taking.

I decided to learn more about what it takes to be a YouTuber. I learnt and acquired new skills. I explored new places. I discovered things I liked and didn’t like and what I’m good at. And finally, after months of contemplation, I took a big step and decided to go back to study full-time so I could learn more about what I’m passionate about.

Now, a year has passed since I started my channel, and I’ve managed to grow it to over 1,000 subscribers and not that far off from being monetized. I know, I know, it’s not a “lot”. But hey – a year ago I didn’t even think I’d make it this far! 3 months from now, I’ll be finishing my studies and I’ll be starting a new journey towards a new career (whatever the future has in store for me!).

So cheers to 2022 for all the ups and downs, for all the “what ifs”, and for all the life lessons that I’ve learned. If there’s one thing I know for sure – it’s that 2023 is going to be an even bigger year. But thanks to 2022 – I’m ready, so bring it on!

#confidence #personaldevelopment #selfconfidence #selfgrowth #YouTube #contentcreation

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