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2022 in review

Summary

2022 is a post covid year for me. The first few months were a blur. I processed lesser as the days went by. I produced almost nothing. People wouldn't understand. People wouldn't want to understand. For I am not unique. Everyone had troubled times. Everyone suffered in their own ways.

I worked on a team that helped migrate a customer from CloudFormation to Terraform. It is a total paradigm shift personally. On the bright side, I got a good glimpse into insfrastructure as code, Terraform, and IAC based strategies. I have gained a massive appreciation for IAC based DevOps.

One thing I achieved is the AWS solution architect associate certification. The saying that goes on the lines of "The more we know, we realize how much we don't know" is never more truer. But anyway, with a happy sigh, I am onto the professional one now.

I have watched 4 films at the theater. It was an unexpected and a pleasant surprise. 2019 was my best year for moviegoing with 2 films for many years until then. And then, this year outdoes that year by 200%. It was a surprise because I realized that there are still some kinds of movies that I would love to watch.

Learnings

  • Write IAC code and make mistakes from day one. There is no time to do deep thoughts and analysis.
  • Working with DevOps engineers and working as a DevOps engineer are completely different things. The experience of understanding Linux and command line things well does not translate into being an effective DevOps engineer. Practice my friend.
  • We cannot summon god mode productivity and discipline on command. It is a myth. It is either your overinflated ego or your ADHD talking. It doesn't work like that. While god mode is possible, we must first be a karmayogi1. This ties in with my existing beliefs of goals vs systems. To become a karmayogi, one must first build on systems. Systems, in turn, are built on habits.

Travel

I traveled slightly better than previous year. These are some pictures from this year.

Summer, somewhere in Hyderabad

Summer, somewhere in Hyderabad

Temple, Kolhapur

Temple, Kolhapur

Visakhapatnam beach

Beach, the best of the places in Telugu states

Somewhere near Araku

Somewhere near Araku

Winter, somewhere in Hyderabad

Winter, somewhere in Hyderabad

Miscellaneous

Quotes

on creation

when you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. your tastes only narrow & exclude people. so create. — _why

on special needs children

Picasso said it took four years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child. They live in a delightful space somewhere between dreams and reality. They taste color, hear shapes, see sounds. We should all have such special needs. — Raymond Reddington2

on action

The proof that one truly believes is in action. — Bayard Rustin

Random thoughts

The Gentlemen Frog or more canonically The Colonel Toad3

The Gentlemen Frog or more canonically The Colonel Toad

I don't know why yet but I love this meme. This image of a frog wearing a suit communicating that they either had some form of a personal and/or a professional success or just wanted to state something obvious. I used this recently to announce a professional achievement. It was a delight.

References

1- Who is a karma yogi
2- Raymond Reddington
3- Gentlemen Frog