As the calendar loops around, orbiting the months and seasons from winter to summer and back again, I always feel my life begins anew with the new year. And as is customary for us nostalgic humans, I too take a brief opportunity to reflect what the last full orbit has revealed to me. The nostalgia and accompanying feelings remind me that our world is infinitely abundant, or at least only bound by the walls we put around our creativity, passion, ingenuity, and guile. It’s inspiring, but tempered by the knowledge that, unlike the nature of a calendar, which seems to loop infinitely, human existence is a straight line; finite, and short.
However, our life journey is not a straight line, and looking back at increments of time that are equal to or greater than four full seasons, one gets the benefits of long range perspective. You see how events you attended, situations you experienced, decisions you made, and people you met changed the course of your life forever. Even what may have seemed like minuscule interactions at the time, had a reverberating impact that only now, given hindsight, reveals itself.
It turns out that for me, the collective events, situations, decisions, and people that made up 2017 have had a profound effect on my life. And it centers around the amazing project we call Swarm City.Photo by Boris Smokrovic on Unsplash
Swarm City was born when our community forked on January 1st, 2017. Though there is no need to rehash the events that lead up to it, I do want to mention that it was this moment that first showcased the values of our community. We value decentralization and human empowerment, and in order to realize our dream of unstoppable, voluntary interactions, the only option was the path we took. And by taking this path we have found a worldwide swarm of people who have stood by us and each other, through the process of building the tools free people will use....