It took me more than one year and two books about “how to write” before I’ve finally decided to write this page.
After all this time the 5+ hours and
10 11 revisions needed to complete the task don’t even seem that much.
Before you go on
If you are of at least as old as I am (I’m from 1986), you’ll remember the 56k modems and the painfully slow internet connections of those first years of internet. In a time where downloading a small mp3 file takes at least 20 minutes, with your parents breathing down your neck to free the telephone line, every second is important.
To me the internet became one with urgency, it evoked the fear of wasting an invaluable resource: time. The same urgency is still with me these days, everyday, and not only when i browse the web: it is the motor that keeps pushing me.
Time flows in one direction only, every second wasted is forever gone and the more time goes by, the faster it goes: to waste it is the worst thing you can do.
“My story isn’t pleasant, it’s not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories;
it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream,
like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.”
— Hermann Hesse
I’ve been an athlete for many years. Some people will say that I still am, other say that I never was. I played basketball, american football and flag football. After almost thirty years between playing and coaching, I feel I gave all that I had both physically and mentally.
I vaguely remember (and not without nostalgia, if I’m being honest) a few big plays but what I can’t really shake from my mind are all the mistakes made. I relived every one of them in slow motion a million times: there’s no forgetting in pursuing excellence.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.
I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times,
I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that is why I succeed.”
— Michael Jordan
For far too long I’ve taken too many snap-shots and videos with my smartphone, testimonies that for the most part I have now lost or didn’t look at again. Now, I strongly believe that having too many images doesn’t really help you remembering your life.
At some point in my life I’ve stopped taking thousands of snap-shots and I’ve started taking some photos. In taking a photo I found the chance to stop and observe what’s around before losing it into the past.
“The camera is an instrument
that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
— Dorothea Lange
My field of work is maybe the least advisable for a person like me. It’s a world in which there’s never time to do things the right way but there’s always time to re-do, sometimes multiple times over. Doing things the wrong way only to have to re-do them is the worst!
“I hate to lose more than I love to win.”
― Jimmy Connors
So who am I?
My name is Paolo Maschio, I was born in 1986 and lived most of my life in the Veneto region of Italy; since 2010 I have been living in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. I have a masters degree in Computer Science, I enjoy studying training techniques and programs and I’m a photography and digital content enthusiast.
I need to travel often: it helps opening my mind and learning new things. It makes me feel alive.
In some evenings I enjoy meditation, some others I fall asleep.
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience
can never go back to its old dimensions.”
― Oliver Wendell Holmes