2015 In-Reverse — Here goes the list of threes.

From tumultuous fluctuations in my weight to cancelled flights and dictums on secular spirituality.

Unlike traditional resolutions which lay out an aspirational lists of to-dos for the new year, this list looks back on subjects I deemed worth prioritizing over the setting year.

Below comes a wholly subjective overview of three topics I kept track off in 2015: Pages, Health and Flights. The choice of the three is both intentional and a product of data points I’ve plotted over the past 12 months.

I suppose, the giphy gives a good snapshot of things.

Not too inaccurate of an overview.


“One must never miss an opportunity of quoting things by others which are always more interesting that those one thinks up oneself” M.P.

Books keep me company at anytime. I’ve learned a great deal from the shared wisdom and mental models of other authors. This year I’ve read a total of 24 paperbacks and published one peer-reviewed article and a monograph. The topics have been quite wide-ranging from food security to organizational design, I’ve compiled the whole list here.

Full list accessible on Tumblr

Health & Self-care

“There are two methods by which a person can acquire wisdom; painlessly via a teacher or painfully via life. The painful variety is far more superior.” M.M.

Here’s a piece of advice. If you want to lose weight and decimate your health resign from your 9–5 job and a promising career ladder. While the toll is bearable, I’ve kept track of changes to my Waist, Chest, Shoulders & Arms as proxies for health. Bodyweight tends to fluctuate so I’ve taken these measures(in centimeters) on an empty stomach first thing in the morning using a measuring tape.

Notice the Dip during my bout of unemployment.

During 2015, I’ve logged a total of 87 workouts and fluctuated between 71 Kg and 81 Kg throughout the year.

Flight diary

“Travel is useful, it exercises the imagination. All the rest is disappointment & fatigue. Our journey is entirely imaginable. That is it’s strength.” J.G.

In the past four years I’ve lived in five different countries and travelled to more than twenty. Traveling for work or leisure adds up. Flightdiary has an nice UI to keep track of your travels, hours flown and impact on the environment. It summarizes the past year’s journey quite nicely below:

Created on Flightdiary.net

I’m not classically trained but my moderate travel schedule has given me a basis to plan and pack for different assignments. Packing for two weeks and two months is the same basic exercise. A suitable carry-on and tote bag coupled with a well-edited wardrobe imposes discipline and style for the conventional pack (wo)man. That’s my takeaway.

Onto 2016

Reflecting not on aspirational priorities but what proved worth prioritizing over the year past, you can try to make sense of how things happened. But in the midst of it all, when you screw up, when you struggle for motivation and lose track of your purpose,what do you do?what can you learn from this fresh failure?

Here’s what: Nothing.

“The best things in life happen when you don’t think you get what you want.” M.M.

Happy 2016 to you too.

Show your support

Clapping shows how much you appreciated Oday Kamal’s story.