Quarantine journal — one year later

2021. The year of redemption! The year in which I will do all the things that I wanted to but I couldn’t in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, those are the very same things that I have wanted to do for the past 3 pandemic-free decades. You know, back when the world was open and we had to actually work for excuses…

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Was my 2020 all that bad?

The consensus is that 2020 sucked. And it did. For a very great many. I, however, can say I was fortunate. While some people close to me did contract COVID-19, they all got mild forms. None that required hospitalization. Everyone I know managed to keep their jobs and continue without any pay cuts.

  • Once the regulations allow it, at least two weekends per month I will go out of the city and visit the Catalan countryside — Done! I visited a lot of Costa Brava, Girona (the province), and other historical and cultural landmarks.
  • I will pass my A2 license and buy a faster motorcycle. 2020 will be the year I will start my biker career — Done! After some initial hiccups, I passed the exam and bought a Kawasaki Z900. Which is an awesome bike by the way!
  • 2020 will also be the year I will see the Alhambra — Done! I drove to Granada with a couple of friends and we visited the Alhambra. Covid actually made it easy, since under normal circumstances tickets need to be purchased almost one month in advance. But due to the pandemic, we could get them on the same day.
  • I will spend at least 10 days driving across Spain — Done-ish :) It was 8, but still, 80% is a good number.
  • I will get my Advanced PADI license — Done! I got my PADI license and as a bonus, I also did the enriched air/nitrox training.
  • I will keep blogging. 2020 will be the year I restarted my blog — Fail! Keep reading about this one.
  • I will focus on my new position as an engineering manager. 2020 will be the year I have successfully changed my career Rescoped! Engineer vs engineering manager is for a different article
  • and since nobody I know was affected by the pandemic, I will be more grateful for what I have — I am focusing on the positives, so I’m counting this as a win

It seems that Virginia Woolf was right. Loneliness and creativity do go hand in hand.

Or maybe I lost my motivation!?! That’s a common occurrence in my life. I operate based on stimuli. This is good in the short term: if there’s a need to take action, I will quickly jump in and address it. Not that great in the long term, though. Once a stimulus stops, so do its effects.

Trust me, I used to be an engineer!

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