As human beings go, those of us who run in the Crypto and Blockchain spaces tend to run far off the beaten path. We are ultimately entrepreneurs, wanderers, and risk takers, trying to figure things out along the way.
Yesterday, on Halloween, the Bitcoin Whitepaper turned 10 years old. 10 years ago, I was 15 years old, suffering through high school which can easily be considered 4 of the worst years of my life. Much like 10 years ago I had no idea that I would end up in Europe, working in FinTech, 10 years ago we could not have even imagined how Bitcoin would change the world as we know it.
But, you know what the beauty of the situation is? It is just getting started. Just like my life adventure has just begun, we are still in the adolescent stages of a movement towards decentralization. Hell, Bitcoin isn’t even a teenager yet. I suppose for all you parents out there, that means that the trouble hasn’t even begun.
And by trouble, I mean both the good kind of rebellion and the growing pains. At this point, the landscape has changed and then changed again. What started with Bitcoin grew into a movement that gave us Ethereum, launching a culture of smart contracts and the ability to create your very own tokens based on ERC standards. These various innovations sparked other creations such as IOTA, or have led to certain leaders in the crypto space, such as aeternity, to creation of their very own blockchains. The point being, we have absolutely no idea what this technology is going to grow up to be.
Many people liken the blockchain and crypto spaces to the creation of the world wide web, which is definitely a good analogy; but, even more simply put, likening Bitcoin to a kid in the process of growing up also provides a great illustration. At this point, we all know that Bitcoin is going to turn out to be a rebel of a teenager, but we can’t be so sure as to what shape this rebellion is going to take.
All we can know for certain, is just like those involved in the Blockchain and Crypto spaces, this technology is going to continue to evolve in a non-traditional manner, unlike anything we have ever seen. Even if just through the lens of price fluctuations, it is clear that Bitcoin is capable of many things including both success and failure, assertiveness and moments of weakness, as well as the receipt of both love and hate.
Much like the adolescent I was with a sparkle in her eye who never really fit the traditional mold, that was told at 11 or 12 years old that I was “too assertive to be in National Junior Honor Society,” even though I had the grades, Bitcoin is going to grow up to be something more than we could ever anticipate. Just like myself while growing up, Bitcoin is a dreamer, someone that can make the grades, but someone that society still doesn’t trust, seeing that they don’t fit the traditional mold.
If could say anything to Bitcoin, it you be this: Keep dreaming, keep fighting, and keep growing. When you “become so free that your very existence is an act of rebellion,” then there are no limits to what you can achieve. It is when we finally divorce ourselves from the restraints of accepted truths that we are able to see our true potential clearly and for the first time. Grow up to be the rebel, fight for the things you believe in, and it will ultimately be you who has the last laugh.
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” Happens to be my favorite quote, which is a quote from Albert Camus.