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Animals of Africa @ Interactive World Map and my state of mind in the process

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Hello people! I got stuck a bit, but not giving up hehe. Still here and still moving forward ๐Ÿ™‚ sometimes faster or slower but not quitting. I got involved in some NFTs project by case, I was curious enough to get IN and learn something about it… Still, as soon as I find enough time, I continue to create my world map for children, and now I’m at the point of illustrating main Animals of Africa which I plan to import in Interactive World Map.

Need three days in one! Who can relate?

And as I need more and more time, I have less and less. But it’s a story of my life, and I guess I’m used to it. In any case, I do not give up on the map, I continue at full speed as possible, because I just decided to reach the realization. No matter what!

Even if it’s gonna be made for my kid only. He is 3 at this time, perfect to start playing and learning about the World we live in. And somehow, I believe if I’m gonna make it good for my kid, has to be good for others, too. But I’ll leave that up to you.

Now Iโ€™m simultaneously working a little bit on the map, a bit on custom projects and patterns, and now on NFTs that Iโ€™ll also be writing about with a little more time and a little more knowledge. Really soon, but as I always say, step by step.

Time and patience 4 good feeling and better results

The thing about lack of time is something that has been with me my whole life. I still can’t figure out if I’m generally slow or fast. I always got to some things in life very quickly, but I also used shortcuts a lot. Then I realized that every shortcut is charged, and that in fact we can never shorten anything. Things always go their own way, regardless of the fact that sometimes it seems to us that we have bypassed unnecessary obstacles. Every thing is given to us to learn from. If we do the lesson from the beginning till the end, we don’t have to go back to it. If we make a shortcut, parts of the road will always reappear in front of us and we will have to cross them soon or latter. Then, maybe it won’t be a good moment or so… so always finish your lesson since you’re already on it! At least that’s the best timing!

But it’s all part of this journey of ours, whoever doesn’t pay on the bridge will pay on the next one. And now with a full four decades of my life, the things I have learned or failed to learn are clearly displayed and carry their gifts and consequences, but what is certain is that patience has become a dear guest in my functioning. I think that I mastered the skill of patience the hardest, and I probably still didn’t finish it, but we are on the same wavelengths now. I communicate with patience often, I ask questions in the air, and I manage to restrain it and even enjoy it.

It’s simple. If I feel impatient about something, it produces a bad feeling and leads to bad actions, acceleration in frequent cases or procrastination. Now, if I feel impatient, I try to become aware of that feeling or moment, I don’t rush into action before I stop and think (we have time to think!). Then, I simply choose to be patient, because I have realistically turned over all the possibilities in my head about patience, and it is clear to me that it is just a decision in our minds. A decision that is made automatically in most cases (habit), and if we do not realize it and do not decide otherwise, in most cases we make irreversible mistakes.

So, when you are impatient to do something, to finish it and believe in it, just become aware of it and make the opposite decision. least that’s how it is with me, I instantly feel proud and happy to be patient. Just in front of myself, and I don’t need nothing else to feel good. And from there great things happen’!!! That’s why that decision become an easy one.

Like I said, from a young age patience was a big problem for me. I just accepted that I was an impatient person by the nature of things and that’s how it was. It determined many of my choices. And then I suddenly realized that such a BIG thing in life can change easily with simple awareness and the right decision, and what was so BIG becomes so small, or vice versa โ€ฆ

Rule number 1 for any project I start doing

Another very important factor regarding patience is the goal itself.

What is your goal?

When I was younger, the goal of my work was exclusively money, so it is difficult to be patient because you are only interested in what comes with the finished project. And what YOU get in return. And with age, I realize that my goal is actually the process that is taking place and that I feel good in it and always. Patience is the first prerequisite for doing something good, because if I feel good while doing it, the result itself has a good chance of being good. That is why I am postponing further goals for the further course of patience.

And it’s the same with this project. As usual, I create a vision in my head that I will make something. There are ‘different places’ where my ideas and decisions come from, but once I decide to do something and start, rule number 1 is to finish it.

Before I used to think a lot, about the goal, the consequences, the way, and in the lack of faith I prolong the project… Now I have a determination to finish everything I started, no matter what. Where did that determination come from? Well, just knowing that   everything in my life that I decided to make until the end turned out well. And opposite, everything that I didn’t finish was a mistake, or a missed lesson, or it was established that the idea was great and my faith was weak.  Therefore, now, even if I make mistakes, I do things till the end, and when I get there it turns always good for me and others. So less philosophy, more action. We will philosophize in our free time ๐Ÿ™‚

However, although I know that I will finish, it does not make the process easier and I do not always know exactly what I am doing, and that is also one of the reasons for the slowness. I am engaged but the results are slow. However, I see a shift and I believe that it is changing for the better, which is enough for me in that field. Each of my challenges is actually a challenge with myself.

Interactive World Map in Creation – Africa

And so I easily but surely reached Africa, and the animals that live on the old continent. I believe that development seems rather slow to someone who follows this project, but my goal is to do what I do properly, under my own standards.  In addition, I supposedly know a lot about Geography, animals of the world, architecture or botany, but once you get into the details, as well as in any other topic that you do not deal with every day, you discover a whole world that is more unknown than familiar. And now I’m having fun with all that, making my own balance and selection, I enjoy meeting the unknown, in the world…

As for the illustration, now I present only the motives that I will certainly put in the basic map of the world. Along the way, I make sketches for elements other than animals.

World Map Project challenge

Now the biggest challenge is how I will fit it all together into one harmonious whole. How to insert everything I want, which is still only basics, but to complete all areas, geography, flora and fauna, architecture and human inventions with nature and its wonders.

It is pointless to share something that I will eventually throw out. To go back on topic, a good choice saves time. And it takes time to present something what I’m doing, create pics or videos, online blog or post on social media and other. Videos I’m creating just for practice, or when I really have something to show. That is why it is pointless to spend precious time on something that I may conclude by the end that I fail to fit. In that case, it is enough for me to create something, to understand that it is wrong, to conclude what and how instead, and not to spend even more time sharing it with you when it already doesn’t work for me ๐Ÿ™‚

So, the moment I realize that something is a winning combination for me, I’ll share. And even then, I continue to leave room for the change. Funny thing is that at the end everything will look so simple that it will not be clear to me where all this time has gone :))). And that is exactly what I hope for. I have no idea how ๐Ÿ˜€ I mean I have the idea but… you already got it, I don’t get it but I will ๐Ÿ˜‰

When it comes to typing or writing a blog, I don’t need a lot of time, just the will. I type blindly thanks to STAMINA Typing Tutor program, with which I played for a month for 10 minutes a day and unknowingly learned to type fast. I recommend it to everyone who is constantly typing on the keyboard. In a month of playing, 10 minutes a day, you speed up your whole life, or more precisely, you save a lot of time in the future. So now, whenever I feel like, I can write almost same speed as when I’m speaking, and maybe this can be good for the records :))

Animals of Africa @ Interactive World Map

Somehow instinctively and quickly, I determined the basic animals that I would put on the map. Some of my genes must come from Africa ๐Ÿ˜€ because I love it very much :), and the animals that are the main representatives of this continent are all dear to me, so the selection was very simple.

As for the list of potential animals that can all be included, it is longer. If I make extended sets of motifs for the map, then the selection will be more sensitive.

I am currently studying the flora of Africa and planning a style to present plants from all over the world, and I must admit that I often get lost. That’s why I am writing, because after what I write today, it clears my head when I read it later. I also write so that I would not give up. I will not explain this last part in more details, who understands understood. ๐Ÿ˜€

The leading photo of this blog shows the animals that I will put in the map of Africa for beginning, and here is how I arranged them.

African camels

The Dromedary Camel is a large even-toed ungulate native to northern Africa and western Asia, also the land of east Africa, Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia. Dromedary Camels have one hump and are desert dwellers. The hump stores up to 80 pounds of fat, which a camel can break down into water and energy when sustenance is not available. These humps give camels their legendary ability to travel up to 100 desert miles without water.

Giraffe

The giraffe is a tall African hoofed mammal belonging to the genus Giraffa. It is the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant on Earth. Its scattered range extends from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south, and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east.

Giraffes usually inhabit savannahs and woodlands. Their food source is leaves, fruits, and flowers of woody plants, primarily acacia species, which they browse at heights most other herbivores cannot reach. – read more

Elephant

The African elephant is the world’s largest land mammal โ€“ with males on average measuring up to 3m high and weighing up to 6 tones. Males only reach their full size at 35-40 years – thatโ€™s well over half their lifespan as wild elephants can live for up to 60-70 years.

There are two species of elephant: African and Asian. The ears of African elephants are much larger than their cousins and are described as being shaped like the African continent, whereas the ears of Asian elephants are shaped like the Indian subcontinent. – read more interesting facts

Baboon

There are six species of baboon. Each species is native to one of six areas of Africa and the hamadryas baboon is also native to part of the Arabian Peninsula. Baboons are among the largest non-hominoid primates and have existed for at least two million years.

Baboons vary in size and weight depending on the species. The smallest, the Kinda baboon, is 50 cm (20 in) in length and weighs only 14 kg (31 lb), while the largest, the chacma baboon, is up to 120 cm (47 in) in length and weighs 40 kg (88 lb). Read more

African Fur Seal

The brown fur seal also known as the Cape fur sealSouth African fur seal and Australian fur seal, is a species of fur seal.

The brown fur seal is the largest and most robust member of the fur seals. The size and weight of the brown fur seal depends on the subspecies. The Southern African subspecies is on average slightly larger than the Australian subspecies. I have no any special reason why I illustrated fur seal, but probably because I was dealing with differences between Arctic fur seal and South African.

Lion

The lion is a large cat of the genus Panthera native to Africa and India. It has a muscular, deep-chested body, short, rounded head, round ears, and a hairy tuft at the end of its tail.

It is a social species, forming groups called prides. A lion’s pride consists of a few adult males, related females, and cubs. Groups of female lions usually hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. – read more.

Think I should also add:

Zebra

& White Rhinoceros…

But that’s it for today!
See you soon… stay good and do good ๐Ÿ˜‰

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