Happily exhausted

Two weeks are passed since the end of our Kickstarter campaign, and I confess I didn't expect to see myself waiting for so long, before writing something about. It wasn't planned.

I for one I'm surprised about this long time of silence and before trying to explain the reasons behind that, I want to premise an important thing: I've never been so happy before!

Said so, after 3 mighty weeks of campaign, I found myself pretty...exhausted.

Everything went so well and we achieved a result that I even didn't dare to dream of, collecting almost 900 backers and more than 85.000€ of pledges, but I probably spent all my mental energies on those days and I went through a kind of apathy, in the last weeks.

As you may imagine, managing a KS campaign might be really stressful, even when things go well, especially if you are literally alone in doing it (my girlfriend was in Milan on business, during the campaign) and I realized that for 3 weeks my whole daily routine was all about the project. The new lockdown didn't help at all, and "closed" me even more in this crazy fictional world in which there were only me, my pc and the KS campaign.

On top of that, my mother was found positive to Covid and she went through very difficult days, and as you may imagine this afflicted a lot my family (luckily she's fine, now!).

So here is why I'm writing to you only now, two weeks after the biggest success of my career!

Then, let's forget for a moment the stressful things and let's bring back some enthusiasm!

Indeed, it has been such an amazing journey and I would be lying if I told you that I expected that, or just that it didn't change anything in my mind, especially for what concerns the pure motivation towards the future.

I know, despite this is a big result looking at my personal career, we are not talking about a life-changing event, we are still so far from our competitors!

But something is changing for sure, and I couldn't be happier about.

We are growing.

We are improving.

We are going out of our comfort zone.

2 years ago I wouldn't even think about making such a big kit as U'Raka, now I feel like my attitude has changed, gaining new ambitions: "appetite comes while eating" we say here, and in fact I'm experimenting it in this new step of our career.

Of course, I still have to carefully plan every little step of DPF life and I must tame the insatiable beast that lies inside every creator (you know, creating more and more!), but if I had to pick the best thing that this project brought to life, it would be one and only one: confidence.

Don't get me wrong: I've always been confident about what we did and do. I wouldn't waste my time and money in something I don't believe in!

But there is a difference between "I think this idea is worthy of being made" and "I see that many people think the same". We are social animals, after all, and despite I would love to describe myself as a lonely wolf, I can't help but need some kind of external approval.

The amazing enthusiasm gathered by this project has been a huge, positive, kick on my ass to start to really believe that what I'm doing is somehow worthy.