This blog originally started way-back-when as an outlet for what was going on in my life and mind. Since the, it's continued as a mish-mash of personal posts, reviews, musings, and such-like.
But something I recently realised was that it's actually been quite a while since I actually posted something personal - something that wasn't a review or commentary on what was happening in the tech and social media industries.
It's been a stressful few months. I've moved back in to a more central location in Helsinki - man, I love being back in the city. I've been trying to work on a new website, Super Helsinki, as well as keep up the posts here. There's been dating and 'relationships' that have come and gone. The continued strained relationships with certain people - well, person. All while working full-time and dealing with the usual annoyances of living in a foreign country. I know I don't really have it TOO bad, and things could be a lot worse, but we all have our stresses, concerns, bugbears etc.
Something I wanted to write a longer post on - and maybe will one day - is something someone said to/about me recently. That I was "Finland's biggest critic". While it made me chuckle, it also made me think, and made me want to clarify some of my thoughts and opinions on Finland.
If you follow me elsewhere on social media, it probably does seem like I hate it here and that I'm regularly complaining about it - or some aspect of it. And, to be fair, yes, I do complain about things here in Finland.
I complain because I care. I love Finland. But it's not perfect (no country is), and I certainly won't sugarcoat or hide the fact that if it wasn't for one, single thing I definitely wouldn't chose to be living here. But this means I find it frustrating when I see how good things could be here and how amazing life could be, but it's held back by people, processes, bureaucracy, etc.
There's a mentality I've witnessed here that doesn't deal well with problems. If something isn't done well or properly, people just shrug and say "well that's the way it is". There's little challenge to people or organisations in control. And this I find infuriating, especially when it comes to things like customer service. This is why I 'complain'. I know something doesn't work, and if it did, it would make my life, as well as the lives of others, easier. Openly talking about bad service or bad experiences in general, isn't 'complaining' or being a 'critic'. It's trying to improve things and push them forward in to the modern world - not sit around, living the easy life and just saying "well that's just the way it is" or "that's the way we've always done it".
Anyways, this whole subject is a separate and big blog post in itself which I'll maybe get to one day.
For now, despite not only a tough few months, but few years, filled with ups and downs, there is still one thing I constantly look forward to and that gets me through the tough times...