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2020: That was weird

I’m sure there are harsher words that could be used, but I can’t help feeling like I’ve been having an out of body experience for the last year. Seriously, WTF was that? It seems silly in some ways to act like we all woke up on January 1st and suddenly everything was fine and different. But it’s somewhat comforting to be able to a pinpoint a fresh start, even if it’s just symbolic.

Looking back at the past year, nothing went as planned. I didn’t get my dream job. I didn’t meet any cool new people. I didn’t blog as much as I had planned. I didn’t travel any cool new places. I’m still not rich enough to retire.

But I DID play a lot of video games. Built a robot out of Lego, finally saw every (or any) Star Wars movie. Did some cool art projects. Realized that even introverts crave social interactions. Left a job I hated.

Now I won’t say getting let go in the middle of a global pandemic was good, but I cannot express to you how much we as a society undervalue the feeling of waking up without existential dread. It’s great, really. I’m not sure what my plan is going forward, but I will say this year has only reinforced my perspective that American workplace culture goes against human nature and has to change. If anything good comes from the pandemic I hope it is openness to more flexible work schedules. I could write a whole other blog post on that.

So here’s to 2021

Here’s to meeting new people

Here’s to generating an income in a way that does not suck the life out of me

Here’s to building cool shit

Here’s to this country getting its shit together and actually implementing an effective vaccine distribution plan so we can get out of our fucking houses

Here’s to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (I didn’t know how to end this just go with it)

Thank you for reading this messy ass blog post. And Happy New Year! Or just Mediocre New Year! Let’s not set the bar too high.

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Now, more than ever, it’s time to do something unprecedented. Because in these uncertain times, this is our new normal

Did I do it right? This is how we’re doing marketing now, isn’t it? Anyways, I started blogging again. Because what else is there to do now? I haven’t blogged regularly since, well, the last time I desperately needed employment. About 5 years ago. And that worked out well for me then, so here goes nothing. 

We’re almost halfway through the year. I just got let go from a job I never really liked, in the middle of a global pandemic. To say I have a mix of emotions is an understatement. I feel like I have endless possibilities in front of me, yet simultaneously none at all. 

Weirdly, I’ve found these last few months somewhat relieving. Working from home has given me time to work on some things I didn’t have time for before. There’s no pressure to fulfill social obligations so I don’t feel so guilty about staying home on a Saturday night. It’s reminded me of the things I actually care about and the things that I don’t. A pandemic puts a lot of things in perspective.

I’m hoping to use this space to update you — friend, random LinkedIn connection or prospective employer — on the things I’m learning and doing, my job hunt/career crisis. Maybe I’ll do some product reviews. We’ll see I guess. Because these days life is uncertain, unprecedented and definitely not normal.