As of about a month ago, I am 24 years old, and now that I’m in my mid-twenties it feels like I should probably start making some plans for the future, or setting some vague goals at least. While these aren’t exactly goals as such, here are some things that I think are worthwhile for me to spend my time on over the next 12 months.
Visit new places
I grew up in the UK, and until late last year I had never ventured beyond Europe. Even within Europe or the rest of the UK there are so many interesting places that I have yet to see! I want to experience more of them, especially some nature & hiking as that’s something I’ve missed since living in London. I’m not doing badly at this so far, as I’ve got two places I can already cross off the list in the past month: California (SF, Yosemite, Sequoia) and Madrid, Spain. May they be the first of many!
Live somewhere new
This goes hand in hand with travelling more in general, but unlike that one I won’t be upset if I don’t accomplish this; I’m not even entirely sure I want to yet. I would like to try it out for a little bit, though, even if only for a few weeks. I live in London, and have for the past 5 years. As much as I like it here, there’s a big world out there, and as a programmer I’m one of the lucky (but growing) few whose job can be done remotely. It’s beginning to seem silly that I haven’t been taking advantage of this whilst I can.
Spend more time with my loved ones
I don’t always see my family and friends as often as I should, and I have a tendency to go quiet and live in my own world for a while. At the end of the day the people in your life are all that really matters, so I need to stay on top of this better. This may be at odds with living somewhere new, so I should do this whilst I can with relative ease!
Programming for fun
I work as a software developer, and the reason I was able to learn how to code in the first place is because it was fun. I never expected to turn it into a career, but that is what happened, and a career can definitely take some of the enjoyment out of it. It can be hard to build in the evenings and weekends when you’re worn out from your day job and your other responsibilities! Regardless, many of us often have projects on the go that we play around with, and I’m ok with most of these never getting completed. The feeling I get from these projects is different to the feeling I had when I first started out though; the same excitement isn’t there. Could be I’ve seen behind the curtain and learnt how the sausage is made, or maybe I’m just not challenging myself enough. I think it’s the latter.
Outside of code, documentation, or other artefacts produced in the process of building software, I haven’t written a whole lot since I left education six years ago. I enjoy the process, and I’d like to do more of it. What I’ve struggled with is finding subjects to write about, so perhaps that’s where I should focus my efforts to begin with.
I’ve gotten back into the habit of reading and have probably read more in the last year than I ever have. It’s a trend I’d like to continue. Two of my recent favourites have been Why We Sleep, a fascinating read that will probably inspire you to improve your sleeping habits, and Shoe Dog, the story of how Phil Knight started Nike and grew it into the universally recognisable brand it is today.
Have book recommendations? Let me know please!
Photography has been a hobby of mine for a while, and I love looking back and seeing my improvement, but since trying to shoot daily throughout 2017 I’ve been a little burnt out and haven’t been shooting much. I really enjoy analog photography, and I’d like to get a more portable 35mm camera to replace my bulky one. Then I’ll have one less excuse…
This mostly reads as a list of things that I already do which make me happy and help keep me mentally healthy. What’s on your list?