Getting Real, Going North

Mar 27, 2011   //   by Hackadelic   //   Blog  //  5 Comments

compassI wrote lately that getting real again is on my current agenda. That phrase, “getting real”, may mean different things to different people. In this post I will elaborate on what it means to me, and the consequences that arise from it.

I need to disclaim first that this post reflects my very personal, utterly subjective views and judgements. Judgements about myself and my own actions, which I reckon will likely be overly critical, knowing the high demands I put on myself. Keep that in mind.

I need to disclaim further that my own “definition” of Getting Real is based entirely on how I feel about it, and so there are things that I can’t explain rationally. Hence my elaboration may come across somewhat flowery if not esoteric.

But enough prefacing, let’s get down to it.

The short answer to what Getting Real means to me is: Be authentic. But that would only replace one abstract concept with another. Time to use some metaphors…

For reasons I cannot explain, I have always felt that my (and indeed everybody’s) existence has got to have a naturally predetermined direction.» I’m also convinced that we’ve been given the proper instrument to sense that direction, an “inner compass” whose north mark points there at all times.

Life often makes it difficult for us to sense that direction, and even more difficult to follow it. When we loose direction, we start to feel… lost, and disconnected from what we do. This is how I started to feel about my blog and my WordPress plugins a while ago.

To me, that feeling was unbearable.

And luckily so, because it made me seriously rethink the path that I’m on.

I already elaborated in “Hackadelic Goes 2.0” how my activities here on have started to feel… more and more pointless.» With less and less spare time left, and creeping doubts about the sense and purpose of Hackadelic, one thing became very clear:

The deciding factor, the one thing that everything else came down to, was time, and how I spend it.

For one, the question on a “material level” was: Do I spend my time around here truly focused on things that help me develop a business, a material foundation on top of which I’d be able to live the life I want to live?

For another, on a more “spiritual” level, the question was: Do I follow my inner compass? Does the path that I’m on lead me to my “personal north”?

In both cases, I had to admit to myself that the answer was “No”.

The next 2 questions came naturally: Where is my “personal north”, and why am I not heading there?

Ergo, I did what I do best, and ran an in-depth analysis of myself and my situation, a “self-debugging” session if you want, to determine the root cause of that stuck feeling of mine.

In the process, I asked myself some really uneasy, uncomfortable questions, and I concluded the true “bug in my system” is my indecisiveness about how I go about Hackadelic. Hackadelic started as a personal blog with self-expression as its only purpose. It evolved half-way into a topical WordPress expert blog. But only half-way. In the depths of my mind I still hung on to the idea of a personal blog. And in my (subconscious) attempt to keep it both, the blog has become neither.

No wonder it felt pointless to me.

Believe me, this wasn’t an easy thought to face. But it was one that badly needed facing nonetheless.

Obviously, there were inner conflicts to resolve between my inner compass and my actual doing.

In the area of software development I see my inner compass clearly pointing in one direction: I want to create great software products of my own – and live from it. I want it with all my heart. Freelance work alone is simply not enough to fuel me. (I’m probably too much of a creative and free spirit for that ;-))

However, this desire has been in conflict with another part of me, the part that is secretly in love with the idea that “software should be free”.

That conflict, finally, has produced the emerging paralysis leading to me almost entirely losing interest in

Conclusively, the only way for me to resolve that conflict both emotionally and time-wise is to get real about my desire to live from creating my own great software products, and to stand by it.

Which means that in order to keep my plugin development alive, I will need to dive into premium plugin water.

Time to put away childish things.

Wow, this has become quite a longish post, and I still have things left unsaid.

But the sentence above is such a nice finale. So excuse me, my friends, I’ll end this post for today. But tomorrow is another day, and the fat lady has not sung yet.

So there it is. One more confession coming from the depths of my soul.

It feels good to speak out.

-- Hackadelic (whose real name is Zoran)
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Hermann Hesse expressed this in his book “Demian” like this:

“Each man’s life represents a road towards himself, an attempt at such a road, the intimation of a path. No man has ever been entirely and completely himself. Yet each one strives to become that – one in an awkward, the other in a more intelligent way, each as best he can. Each man carries the vestiges of his birth – the slime and eggshells of his primeval past – with him until the end of his days……

Each represents a gamble on the part of nature in creation of the human. We all share the same origin, our mothers; all of us come in at the same door. But each of us – experiments of the depths – strives toward his own destiny. We can understand one another; but each of us is able to interpret himself to himself alone.”

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Indeed when our life path deviates from our “north road”, things start to seem more and more pointless to us. There is no point in trying to explain that to ourselves in a “rational” way, to convince us that our feelings are foolish. The only explanation I found that made sense to me is that these things feel pointless, because they are pointless in relation to our “purpose”. In the context of a “greater plan”, if they contradict our purpose, there is no point in doing them. The voice that whispers that to us and makes us feel uncomfortable about proceeding anywhere else but north is the voice of our compass.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5


  • Hi Hackadelic,
    I think following your inner compass is the best thing you can do and I wish you the very best. I think that constant awareness of your thoughts and mind also helps.
    Ever since I started to become aware of my lack of presence in most daily situations I have almost paradoxically become more present and hence more productive and less inclined to procrastinate.

  • Hi Zoran,

    Enjoy your blog. I know your situation well. Here is a 30minute interview, it’s call

    Incognito: what’s hiding in the unconscious mind. I heard some of it last night and when I read your blog, there was a connection in my neurons (for lack of a better word) Go FOSS

    Best Regards,

  • nice post. its not always easy to face these things. lets see where your premium stuff will lead to 🙂

  • Good man, go with what you believe. Too many broken dreams out there already, no need to add to the pile.

    Paying for software should not be a turn off, if it is really well done and supported, which yours is and always will be.

    btw Can you program me some painting software so I can stay at home while the work gets done on site 🙂

    • Thanks, Andy.

      About the software: I’ll see what I can do. Just send me the source code of your on-site work, and I’m sure I’ll find ways to implement an off-site module. 😉

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