April

Quick check in for April.

It has been a super busy month at work. Work life balance is extremely hard if you love them both. F8 conference is coming in 3 days, and I hope all of the hard work will pay off.

Luckily I’ve managed to continue moving towards my personal goals. I’ve logged 91 miles by now which is only 2 miles behind my plan. Running has been rewarding so far. Not only I enjoyed every minute on the trail but also it has already been rewarding in my health. But make no mistake, I am still very very far from the state I want to be in running. As Caballo put in born to run. “Think Eeasy, Light, Smooth, and Fast. You will start with easy, because if that’s all you get, that’s not so bad. Then work light. Make it effortless, like you don’t give a shit how high the hill is or how far you’ve got to go. When you’ve practiced that so long that you forget you’re practicing, you work on it smoooooth. You won’t have to worry about the last one — you get these three, you will be fast.” . This has been a guide to my progress. I’ll say it’s getting easy for me to run a few miles in the morning without thinking I am going to have a heart attack as it of in the beginning, but definitely quite a way to go to enter the next stage. Way to go, way to go!

As for reading, finished the great book Man’s search for meaning. Viktor Frankl described how man can still preserve the vestige of spiritual freedom and independence of mind in extreme psychic and physical conditions through his memoir in concentration camp. This book resonates with me a lot on what really drives people in their lives. It’s not always the enjoyable pleasures we are chasing but the things that we find meaningful personally. It also deepens my belief that we as a human being can always choose who we want to be. As Viktor put it, “That everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. And there are always choices to make. Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom.”. As a young man who is still in my 20s, I asked much more how than why in my life. Rushed to finding the answer before I really understands what the question is. Marched to solutions when what I really need is a decision. This book really reminds me to always questioning the reason on things I am spending my life on. As the quote goes, “when you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny.”

As for building things, I’ve done a lot of thinking on the products we are building at work and also spend a meaningful time play with other products. Getting there.

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