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The Dilemma of Your Late 20’s

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The late 20s are a time of intense personal growth and self-discovery. This period of life is often filled with uncertainty, as individuals navigate the complexities of adulthood and face many important decisions.

Whether it’s choosing a career path, settling down with a partner, or figuring out what they want out of life, many people in their late 20s are grappling with a sense of confusion and doubt.

One of the biggest challenges of the late 20s is the need to pivot. Many individuals find that the plans they made in their early 20s no longer align with their current goals and aspirations.

This can be a difficult and unsettling experience, as people struggle to come to terms with the idea that their life may not look the way they expected it to.

However, it can also be an opportunity for growth, as people take the time to reevaluate their priorities and explore new avenues for fulfilment.

Another key aspect of the late 20s is the process of unlearning and relearning. As people gain more experience and knowledge, they often discover that many of the beliefs and assumptions they held earlier in life are no longer relevant or accurate.

This can be a difficult process, as people have to let go of old ideas and embrace new perspectives. But it can also be incredibly liberating, as people gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Maturity is another important aspect of the late 20s. As people move into this stage of life, they tend to become more self-assured and confident, and they develop a stronger sense of who they are and what they want.

This newfound maturity can help people navigate the many challenges of adulthood, as they are better equipped to make decisions and stand up for themselves.

One of the biggest realizations of the late 20s is the realization that life is not always easy or straightforward. Many people in their late 20s are faced with a number of disappointments and setbacks, whether it’s in their personal or professional lives.

However, these challenges can also be opportunities for growth and resilience, as people learn to bounce back from failure and continue moving forward.

At the same time, many people in their late 20s are also experiencing a number of achievements and accomplishments. Whether it’s landing their dream job, starting a family, or travelling the world, these milestones can provide a sense of satisfaction and pride.

They are a reminder of the progress that people have made and the potential they have to continue growing and evolving.

Love and loss are also an integral part of the late 20s. Many people in this stage of life are forming new relationships or strengthening existing ones, but they may also be grappling with the loss of loved ones or the end of important relationships.

These experiences can be difficult and heart-wrenching, but they can also be opportunities for growth and healing, as people learn to let go of the past and move forward with hope.

Despite the many uncertainties and challenges of the late 20s, there is also a sense of hope and optimism that runs through this stage of life.

People in their late 20s are full of energy and passion, and they are eager to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead. They are determined to build a fulfilling and meaningful life, and they are willing to take risks and face challenges to achieve their goals.

In conclusion, the late 20s are a time of intense personal growth and self-discovery. This stage of life is filled with uncertainty, pivots, unlearning, learning, and relearning, maturity, realizations, disappointments, achievements, love, loss, and hope.

But despite the many challenges and complexities of this period, there is also a sense of hope and optimism that runs through it.

The AI Tools That are Improving my Productivity This Year

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After taking a break from blogging, I shifted my focus to writing professionally and honing my skills in areas like copywriting and social media management. While these are important aspects of my work, I wanted to take things to the next level and improve my skills in areas like photography, videography, and editing. These skills would not only enhance my work but also give me a new perspective and allow me to express my creativity in new and exciting ways.

During my time off, I invested a significant amount of time and energy into learning these new skills and I am proud to say that my efforts are paying off. Not only have I been able to create high-quality content for my clients, but I have also been able to bring a fresh and creative touch to my projects. With my new skills, I have been able to take my work to the next level and deliver results that exceed my clients’ expectations.

I have always been a firm believer in the importance of continuous learning and improvement, and these new skills have been no exception. Not only have I been able to improve my work, but I have also been able to gain a new appreciation for the art and science of photography, videography, and editing. These new skills have allowed me to express my creativity in new and exciting ways and I am confident that they will help me take my work to the next level in the years to come.

As a creative professional, I am always on the lookout for tools that can help me be more productive and efficient in my work. Recently, I have been relying heavily on artificial intelligence (AI) to improve my workflow and get more done in less time. Here are some of the AI-powered tools I use and how they are improving my productivity.

1. ChatGPT: ChatGPT is an AI language model developed by OpenAI that I use to generate written content for my projects. With its ability to understand context and generate human-like responses, I am able to produce high-quality copy in a fraction of the time it would take me to write from scratch. This saves me a lot of time and effort and allows me to focus on other aspects of my projects.

ChatGPT 3 in use by myself for a research paper

2. Canva: Canva is a graphic design platform that uses AI to suggest designs and templates based on the type of project I am working on. This has significantly reduced the time I spend on design, as I no longer have to spend hours brainstorming and experimenting with different designs. The AI algorithms in Canva are able to suggest designs that are both aesthetically pleasing and appropriate for my projects.

Canva on mobile

3. Inshot: Inshot is an AI-powered video editor that I use to create and edit videos for my clients. The app uses AI to automatically cut, trim and edit video footage, saving me a lot of time and effort. With Inshot, I can quickly create professional-looking videos without having to spend hours editing.

Inshot on mobile

4. Lightroom: Lightroom is a photo editing app that uses AI to suggest edits and improvements to my photos. The app analyzes the photos and suggests adjustments to color, exposure, and other settings. This has significantly reduced the time I spend on photo editing, allowing me to get more done in less time.

Lightroom on mobile

5. Google Pixel: My Google Pixel 6 smartphone is equipped with AI-powered cameras that make it easier for me to take professional-looking photos and videos. The phone uses AI to analyze the scene and suggest the best settings for the shot, reducing the time I spend on adjusting settings and freeing up more time for me to focus on my creativity.

Google Pixel 6: They are lauded for their ai powered cameras

In conclusion, AI is revolutionizing the way I work and helping me be more productive. With these tools, I am able to get more done in less time, freeing up time for me to focus on other aspects of my work. Whether I am creating graphic designs, doing photography and videography, or working on digital marketing and social media management, AI is always there to help me work smarter, not harder.

PS: I used ChatGPT 3 to write this. Did you notice?☺️

She Laughed Today!

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She Laughed Today!

We have been texting a lot of late, and she’s been telling me about her inner struggles.
She told me she hadn’t laughed in a long time!

I told her I would make her laugh one of these days,
To which she replied, my dear, you can’t make anyone laugh!
You’re too serious for life.
I didn’t take offence, but I took it as a challenge.

And so, over the past few weeks, as she poured her inner battles to my listening ear,
We got to find solutions to her depression.
And of late, we have even been joking around.
And what do you know,
She laughed today!
Her first genuine laugh in a long time.

She’s healing, even her herself, she’s admitted it.
That she feels lighter,
And that she is more optimistic nowadays.

©Rogers, 2022

Discovering Your Space

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By Rogers Wanambwa

Perhaps the hardest of all things in one’s life is discovering who one is and ultimately, discovering their space. I mean we go through the motions, and generally through life being defined by others and the existing norms.

From the first you own immediately after birth, your name, most of what you’ll get for the next two decades will be given to you. For many, even up to their third and fourth decade in life, they will still depend on others for survival.

Before you look down upon them, know that you too are depending on others for survival. Everything you ‘own’ was probably manufactured by someone else. Your clothes, bags, shoes, furniture, car, house land, and so on.

Which of those did you manufacture?

Even if you manufactured them, you did not create the material. This then brings me to today’s topic. Discovering your space.

As you have seen above, everything we use or interact with has a creator or manufacturer who in most cases is not us. But what have you as a person ever created that is helping to ease the lives of others?

This is an existential question that I have been asking myself too for some time now.

Every wealthy man, note here that I said wealthy and not simply rich, has something that they created which is solving someone else’s problem. This is how you discover your space. By positioning yourself as the supplier of a desired or required solution.

The solution may not be for everyone. For example, there are rare diseases that a few individuals battle. If you could be the supplier of the medicine, or equipment that these key populations need, you would become wealthy from that.

Such an idea would be amazing because, well, very few people will ever think about that problem, unless, they or someone close, faces that problem.

Likewise, being the first or one of the first people into a niche gives you an added advantage of taking over the market share.

Are you then on the lookout for the big thing? Or are you simply making something that already exists better and repackaging it to be more appealing to your target market? In all you do, you need to discover what you are good at and give it your all.

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Obviously, I am not talking to the faint-hearted. You will need to brave a lot, break stereotypes, do what those around you or before have never done before to succeed in your endeavours. This is scary. For you and everyone around you.

Some will be scared for you and others will simply be scared of you. After all, with greatness comes even more isolation.

Yet ironically, greatness is not borne in crowds, it is born in isolation. Your journey, therefore, is yours alone to walk. The longer you take to start, the longer it will take to finish it.

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Unfortunately, many never even begin. Who will you be then? The one who will write history, or the one too faint to start on their journey?

Discover your space and own it.

*Written one year ago today.