Well, the long and slightly boring vacation is over. Again back to uni. tomorrow. The fact that I am living at about 15kms away from the uni., and the cold weather kept me all the time at home. The main activity was of course reading.
It is the beginning of a new year. I personally don't consider New Year to be something special. But it is always a good time to turn back and have a look at the year which went by. Also a time to set some goals. Last year beginning, I had set some goals and I am happy to see that, I could manage some of them, even though not all of them -- Good! Now let me look forward to the coming year.
If I am not very wrong, this coming year would be one of the most important/crucial times of my life. The last time I told this was when I was in the final year of BTech. More than 4 years are gone. Now I repeat it.
It is some critical code which is being run in the life-program. Very important time in my life. The coming two years are going to define me - or rather upgrade me from my present status to a higher level. I need to be really serious and careful about it. I am building myself and the coming two years, I'll be making some of the important stuff.
I have set my personal goals for this year. [Bold ones have longer and stronger impact in life]
- Technical Excellence - hard to define it.
- Read technical books - 2 in a month (one in two weeks) [last year was bad]
- Read lot of non-technical books - 20 books in the coming year [I think, I did it in last year]
Let 3-4 of them be German
- Give a course in German (I mean, be the TA for a German course)
- Bring lot of regularity in life
One thing which has bought some regularity in my life is blogging. I have three blogs - in three different languages. Now I am to start the most important one - a technical blog. I hope, after more than one years experience in yada-yada blogging, I can manage a good professional blog. Being regular there would be more difficult than other stuff.
- Improve some soft skills - again hard to define.
Last year, one major improvement I saw was being better organized - cleanliness, order and all those stuff rocketed so high that I think, I am one among the best of bachelors. This surprises even me.
The other day, I was speaking with Balaji. As an animal, the goal of a human is to have as many children as possible - that too in as many mates as possible. Forget the case of polygamy - highly impractical for the age [even though I don't have anything against it ;)]. Again in the case of number of children, it not all your decision. Depends a lot on the partner. So what is the only thing one can do?
Make sure that the kid is the best one in the world. How can you make sure of it? You be the man you want your kid to be! Yes, set the example. Set the bar higher and higher. The above mentioned order-ness of life is a part of it.
Another day I was telling Karn that I am getting old - as I had these thoughts. He corrected me by saying "It is not that you are getting old... you are getting wiser"! Oh yeah, gaining wisdom.
As wise people speak less, let me stop now. I might come up with the technical blog tonight itself.
Signing off, Sands.