Itâ€™s wonderful that Facebook lets me hear words from my friends every once a year, especially in this 2nd year of the pandemic when Iâ€™m not seeing many people. So this is my annual “status update” for those of you who care.
Iâ€™m feeling a lot of changes in me in the past year.
I started riding a bike since last summer. It started as 15 minutes ride around the block, but I kept at it and upping the game little by little, now I have a road bike, I can go 100+km, and I can climb 800m in one shot. The total distance is >5000km and counting. I have probably gained some muscle, but more importantly Iâ€™ve gained confidence to myself. Itâ€™s nice to feel the vastness of the world. Muscle fatigue feels good. And I want to do more. Higher mountains. Go more distance. Multi-day trip. Everyday, those new milestones bring me back on the saddle.
Last summer, I also started doing plastic models. Iâ€™ve done a dozen or so and now the models are overflowing from a cabinet. Iâ€™ve learned to listen to the airbrush, Iâ€™ve learned to observe the reflection of the wet paint, Iâ€™ve learned to layer paints for complex effects. And I want to do more. Using putty to fix gaps. A non-portable more serious airbrush that might give me more expressiveness. The world is full of vibrant colors that I want to spray. Every model Iâ€™ve finished always leaves something to be desired, which makes me want to do one more.
A couple of months ago, I picked up watercolor pencils. Sometimes I take it out with me on my weekend outing. Other times I paint from pictures in the evening. I use a small sheet of paper so it only takes 30mins-2hrs to do a piece. You can never fully control water nor paint, so thereâ€™s always an element of surprise in every project. That â€œyou never know how this one comes outâ€ feeling is exciting, and it makes me want to do one more.
Last but not least, Launchable has also changed a lot since the last year. Our company is at a whole new stage now. Iâ€™ve learned a bit about accounting, Iâ€™m more involved in sales than ever before, and Iâ€™m managing people more intentionally than before. I find them all interesting. Iâ€™ve learned the challenges of building data services, one pitfall at a time. I think about how engineering should be in this context, which is different from how engineering should be for Jenkins. As with every other startup, thereâ€™s not nearly enough time in a day to do everything that needs to be done, so I do feel a pressure, but no two days are the same, and I keep at it because I want to see where this goes.
Itâ€™s almost as if no matter what I try, thereâ€™s always something interesting in it. I love that. If one year brought that much change in me, it makes me wonder what the next year will have in it for me. I feel alive.