Mt Bandera

Half way through my Summer Internship

Sometime before I began my summer internship I had attended a talk given by Adam Cheyer at my University. One of the take away points from his talk was You can do more than you think you could do” and that statement really inspired me. He mentioned that one should articulate his/her goals and tell friends and people around them about it and by doing that you are committing yourself to do more. I went ahead and articulated my goals on what I would be doing this summer while I am not working or writing code. You can find those goals in a blog post on my personal website here.

So far I have accomplished most of the goals or I am on course on finishing the remaining

  • Visit 50+ restaurants. No repeats: I have finished eating at 35 different restaurants as of today. Follow the list here.
  • Hit the Gym everyday: Yes, I pretty much work out everyday. I don’t get to gym on Saturdays and Sundays, however I have been to a few hikes which compensate for that.
  • Complete at least one item in my bucket list: I will soon be finishing one. Going skydiving this weekend.(Update: Done)
  • Explore the Bay Area: I am done exploring all parts of the Bay Area: North, South , East and West.
  • Wine Tasting in Napa Valley: As a kid, I used to play a computer game called RoadRash and one of the tracks in it was Napa Valley. I drove to Napa Valley, fulfilled that childhood dream of mine and also did some wine tasting.
  • Finish reading one Novel: Half way through reading Dan Brown’s Inferno.
  • Work on a pet project: Well, I have been to a couple of hackathons and got to built some cool products. Apart from that I hosted HowMany, an app which summarises your foursqaure check-in’s for public use.
  • Stick to 9 to 5 routine at work: Well, it’s mostly been 9:30 - 5:30:-)
  • Complete a course in Coursera and don’t leave it halfway: This is the only thing which I never got a chance to even start :-(

So apart from being able to accomplish the above mentioned goals, I have biked, hiked, attended hackathons, did stand up paddling, learnt to paddle a dragon boat, etc.

How do I feel after all this ?

One word AWESOME!

So why I am writing this?

You can always do more than what you think can do. Write your goals down, commit yourself to it, tell people about it and pursue them passionately. No matter how hard it is, you try to achieve everything. Life is short, and you've got to get the most out of it.

Finally, a big thank you to my friend Abinesh for taking time to proof read this post.

“Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile”
~ Mark Twain
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