It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on this blog.
I feel aimless. After three years of focus on my computer science degree and software development I now have the degree and a good software development job. The problem is that I now have a lot more time than I ever did while in school. I actually have evenings and weekends free to do whatever I want. It’s crazy.
While I definitely needed some time to de-compress after three crazy years, I am beginning to feel adrift. I need some goals.
On this blog in the past I’ve set goals in a very structured way. This is great for actually achieving them but I don’t feel like I am at that point yet. For now this is just a public brain dump of some of the things I want to accomplish with the hopes that putting it out there will push me to actually work towards them.
So in no particular order here are some things I want to accomplish in the next year and a half.
Health and Fitness
- Find a regular GP
- It’s been probably 15 years since I last had a regular doctor to talk to. I mostly stayed away from the healthcare system (very bad idea) but that is increasingly difficult. Walk-in clinics have been uniformly terrible experiences so far.
- Intense workouts 5 days a week (lifting, running, swimming etc.)
- Physical activity every day of the week though
- A comprehensive plan to deal with injuries that always come up when I try to get fit.
- Use the fact that I am privileged enough to have extended health that can get physiotherapy etc.
- Respond proactively to pain/soreness
- Learn to run
- Run a 10k
- Run a half-marathon
- Remember that you hate running but feel good that you persevered through that
- Maybe run a marathon depending on how much you remember that you hate running
- – Get outside for many hours every weekend
- I still don’t know how bad Toronto winters get so this may be put on hold at some point
- Do social things
- Don’t have friends because you just moved to a new city? Too bad, go be social and make friends. Apparently that’s a thing people do
- Go places
- Virtually everywhere in southern Ontario, Quebec, and northeastern U.S. is new to you and none of it is that far away.
- Backpack, camp, hostel or whatever to be able to travel frequently
- Put experiences above things
- Cook new and tasty things
- Do things by hand that few people do anymore because it’s soo easy to buy the grocery store version of it
- Not always, but some times
- Read lots of books
- Try to read at least 45 minutes every night before bed
- Read WHATEVER
- Read things you disagree with
- Read things from people who have had a very different life to your own
- Learn french
- Continue using duolingo to build up vocabulary
- read in french
- watch tvs/movies in french
- find people to speak with in french
- (re-)learn the guitar
- Find some cheap used acoustic guitar
- LEARN THE BASICS FIRST
- Listen to people and help
- The last thing the world needs is another cis-gendered straight white male defining the important problems and solutions
- Get involved in politics
- Yes it sucks and you hate it but its important
- Soo few people do anything other than vote (and many don’t even do that) so doing almost anything else can give you surprising influence
- But remember that others have it far worse off and to use my effort to make it things better for other people
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I’m extremely fortunate that I can even think about doing all of these things beyond simply putting a roof over my head and eating. NEVER forget that and remember to get involved to bring more people to my situation rather than to just make my situation better.