Today marks the 16th anniversary of the Portuguese video games website ene3.net . While I wasn’t a founder, I have been there since nearly the beginning, and at some point, the torch was passed on to me.
I tried to pass it along a couple of times, but like a particularly lovable but slow mutt, it kept coming back to me. I don’t actively post there anymore, but I kept it up as a repository of part of the written and spoken history of video games, in Portuguese.
I don’t actively post there mostly due to me re-evaluating my relationship with video games. I’m not entirely sure if they are something that I want to promote. I’m still figuring it out.
Still, sixteen years is a lot. This was a project that I joined pro bono, just because it was a fun thing to do. Eventually, it was instrumental in developing the skills and relationships that led me to do what I do today. Writing. Marketing. Leading teams. Weird – my little passion project ended up contributing more to my career than my alma mater ever did.
When you start something, know that’s ok to not stick with it forever. Just start it. You never know where it may lead you. Life isn’t a straight line. Leave room for serendipity.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings