A Recap for 2022
Time passes unbelievably fast and here comes the end of 2022! It has been a year with a lot of personal growth and I want to pay it a tribute with this brief post.
One big keyword of this year is
sharing. I made 4 blood donations, 1 pint
each. Recently I also learned if one’s body weight falls below 110 lbs they
cannot donate anymore, which is a perfect excuse for me to not working further
on weight loss :) This is something I will keep doing if not getting deferred
for various reasons such as international travels, vaccinations, tattoos, etc.
Also I came to notice there are two stray cats (brother and sister) in our
neighborhood (later I learned they were born on the balcony of one of the
households and abandoned by their mom, and they have lived together for more
than 10 years in the neighborhood. They are feral cats and I guess this is
why they have not been adopted. But the lost tip of one year suggests that
at least the brother is neutered), and so I started feeding them. The sister
is very alarmed and never approaches people easily. At your tiniest movement
she will simply run away. After feeding them for over 2 months they would
run to me when hearing me making the ‘meow meow’ sound. By sharing just a little
cat food I got so much trust in return. How thankful I am!
The second keyword coming to mind is
learning. Having spent so many years
in school, at one moment I used to think after getting a doctorate degree the
tough learning can at least pause a bit, which turned out horribly wrong.
Learning was everywhere. My previous learning focus has been largely on
statistics, or anything related to my profession of being a data scientist.
However life is more than working, and also more than where I am or what I do.
The whole year of turmoil that happened in China tossed my mood up and down, and
it is in books that I found some comfort and peace.
Next I want to mention
adapting. Quoting the Count in A Gentleman in Moscow,
if a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them.
While I dislike this male-centered tone of this quote, I agree with its spirit. However mastering is not equivalent to total control as one’s capabilities has limitations. I adapted a lot. For example shifting my schedule to a morning person’s, waking up at 6am, and falling asleep around 11pm. This gave me both convenience with work (for meeting EMEA folks), and the opportunity to appreciate the morning tranquility I did not before.
I would not be myself if not mentioning
disciplining. Over the last year I
had multiple fitness goals for myself - walking for 10k steps per day,
run 260 miles in a year, and lowering bodyfat percentage, etc. These did take
some self-discipline as there are for sure times when one gets lazy and does not
want to get out of the bed. I got super proud when I realized I achieved them
pushing back. I got better at protecting my boundaries
while also grew the courage to trust people. Being less hesistant with personal
matters makes things lighter and easier. I very much enjoyed being blunt honest.
There are so many remaining keywords I have not yet covered. Alas! I will end this post here for now. In a year, I will revisit this post, and see if I was able to carry these good things for another year.