My Story - Part 2

Note: This is part 2 to my-story. If you want to read about my undergraduate experience at the University of Waterloo go here. I struggled to write something here that formulated my thoughts in a way that was interesting enough to read and acted as a suitable part 2 to the original my-story.

Note #2: If you are looking for something related to how to do read/write consistency for your system design or how to do certain leetcode algorithms this is not the page. This is going to almost purely focused on travel/life thoughts with a more complicated narrative following events during of the pandemic.


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Just a few months after graduating, I was slated to start my full time job in August 2020. It was exciting and nerve-wracking for a few reasons. I had spent time in the US for 4 months doing internships but never for an extremely prolonged period. (My longest stint was 6 months in Seattle due to the covid-19 pandemic in 2020) This was finally the start of “working” life. Who knew how long it would ultimately last?

After years of hype about the bay area, and the famed “silicon valley” you finally get the chance to start your career and move there. After all it is the central tech hub of the world. Well…that’s what is supposed to happen. What happens if you decide to not move there? This is the continuation of where we left off from my-story.

Just a few months after graduating I was slated to start my full time job. This story takes place August 2020 amidst a global pandemic. I had to move to the US for visa reasons but I didn’t have to move to the bay area. So I decided not to move to the bay area.

I didn’t move to the bay area because:

  • the cost of living is extremely high
  • south bay is pretty suburban
  • in order to do things you needed a car/go to SF
  • there is general lack of job/people diversity in an engineer centric area
  • I had already experienced the bay area during my internship
  • I felt that if I was going to eventually move to bay area, I should move elsewhere while I had the opportunity

And this is that story.

Pandemic Blues

I lived in 4 different cities in 2021. When I mean “live” I stayed a month minimum in each place. Those places were Seattle, NYC, Austin, and Phoenix. I lived in Seattle for almost a year, NYC for 3 months, 2 months in Austin and 1 month in Phoenix.

Each city was wildly different from one another. There are specifics in cost of living, food, entertainment, climate, etc. in each place but that is another topic for another day.

Short notes on each city:

City Pros Cons
Seattle nice weather, great hiking mildly expensive
NYC lot of great museums, great food, public transit is very good extremely expensive, crowded
Austin good bbq and tacos, great outdoors stuff car city, pretty hot
Phoenix good hiking, pretty cheap car city, extremely hot

Seattle Again

I moved to Seattle…for the second time. I was in Seattle at the time doing my 6th internship when covid first hit. I had gone back to Canada briefly but had to move to the US to start full time work.

Moving back to Seattle was probably the least-inspired choice I ever made. It was probably a mistake in hindsight but it also was the safest option. I was familiar with the city and knew a few people there. Prior to moving to Seattle I had seriously considered moving to Indianapolis or Dallas at the time to save on costs.

The city itself was still great. I was already familiar with the PNW crisp air surrounded by evergreens, the fresh seafood, the lake areas overlooking water with the sunsets and mountain backdrops. The downsides were that nothing was really open (due to covid) and for a few days of the year it had the orange haze from the wildfires in Portland. The fall still had a nice temperate PNW weather and the winter even had some snow. My second time in Seattle was more of the same and had a relaxing feel as I became accustomed to the PNW atmosphere.

This is when there is wildfire smoke blocking the entire sky. It was difficult to breathe outside. This photo has no filter. (That is how hazy it is)

Bellevue Square Mall with Christmas decorations and snow.

Cherry blossoms blooming at UWashington

Seattle downtown with the Space Needle.

Mountains visible from Edmonds

Edmonds Fishing Pier

Hiking in Seattle

(Really good) poke from Ono Authentic Hawaiian Poke in Edmonds

Sunset at a beach in Kirkland

In May of 2021 I decided to move out of Seattle. There were a few reasons. For one, I was still working from home remotely. I had felt at the time I had experienced all I could in Seattle that I could given the circumstances. (I had spent 6 months during my 6th internship and ~10 months for full time, so almost 1.5 years)

I’m not sure what spurned my desire to travel exactly. There may have been a few factors. For one, I didn’t get a grad trip in 2020 due to covid. I also had travelled previously for hackathons and traveling excessively was not uncommon for me. Perhaps it was that I didn’t go to the bay area and wanted to explore my other options while I had the chance. I was young(ish) and I COULD travel now being vaccinated. I wanted to see other places in the USA. what places to live in the US “long term” and I wanted to explore a bit. My company didn’t require me to go back to the office at that point.

I got vaccinated, threw out a lot of my junk, sold the computer I had built, packed up the few belongings that I owned, and flew to the east coast.

note: A collection of my Seattle photos can be found here.

The Big Apple

New York City shocked me. I got off the plane and ended up in a bustling metropolis. It was very different from Seattle. A city with insanely tall buildings and jammed with people contrasted Seattle’s spacious and less dense city layout. The last time I was in New York was probably the mid or early 2000s.

NYC is a complicated city. People are in a rush to get from point A to point B. When you have so many people in a small area people’s lives and dreams contrast with one anothers’ often trampling one another (figuratively). The pedestrian-centric design, the architecture of old buildings contrasting skyrise condos and new developments. It amazed me how exorbitantly expensive everything was and how much stuff could fit into a finite amount of space. My favourite areas in the city were NoHo (St. Marks’ place) and Chelsea for a lot of the scenic areas and great food options. Williamsberg and Flushing were also top places I liked to visit.

I spent a fair amount of time bouldering and riding a boosted board around the city. This time period was a big departure from the traditional “work from home” motif of the past year. I was going into the office every day. I had gotten back to the “in-office perks” lifestyle and going to the Empire State Building was a fun (and albeit tourist filled) experience commuting into Manhattan.

City at night

Friends chilling in the city

Boosted boarding in NYC pier area and seeing a Brooklyn Nets game.

My views on NYC are probably as divisive as ever. I think the highs of the city are up there but the lows are there as well. It’s a magnificent city with great food diversity, museums, parks, and everything in the city. I think very few places in North America can compare to it and evident by a few articles I’ve read people are flocking to NYC because if anything “it feels like a young city”. Unlike SF people realized they wanted to be in a real city by moving to NYC.

It overtook SF as the most expensive rental market and according to the New York Times, 2/3 of the city is renting. It is a fun city that maybe plays into the addage “I’m here for a good time, not a long time”. I’m not sure it is a city to be in beyond your 30s.

The only way I could have realistically moved to NYC was to live in Jersey to save on costs. Living in downtown Manhattan is near impossible and I’m not sure you would even want to. The constant stimulation of traffic and the brights lights is one thing to contend with being in the city.

note: A collection of my NYC photos can be found here.

Austin, Texas

I chose to go to Austin. It was both figuratively and literally a hot destination. There was buzz about it emerging as a hot spot for tech talent. I also visited in the sweltering August heat.

Street art around Austin

Pretty famous street art in Austin which says 'You're my butter half'

Texas state capitol

Austin is also known as the live music capital

Me in front of an artwork piece called Tau Ceti in downtown Austin.

I always felt Austin exuded a “hipster” vibe. I liked that, but I can also see why people say the “Keep Austin Weird” motto is dying off slowly. As more transplants come in change the overall vibe of the city. I think it’s important to respect what was there before and not impose your old way of life into the area. If you’re expecting LA part 2, you’re going to be very disappointed.

I don’t think Austin isn’t a tech city. I’m not sure you want to be in the city when it becomes one.

note: A collection of my Austin photos can be found here.

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix was the most challenging city to live in. Being Phoenix in October was still fairly hot and hiking up trails past 10am is a figurative death sentence. Trails with little to no shade should only be attempted before 10am. Add in the incredibly sprawling and car reliant city, it spelled trouble for someone who cannot drive a car like me. The transit was marginally better than Austin (having a decent rail line) but it also was very inadequate for the city of its physical size. Sometimes I would ride the bus for hours to get to hiking trails or walk miles in the sun since the there was no possible transit to certain areas.

Street art for Phoenix

I spent my birthday alone in Phoenix. I didn't know anyone in Phoenix, so I spent it climbing Camelback Mountain at sunrise.

I also got to see the Phoenix Suns play the Denver Nuggets

Sunset at the top of Tempe Butte

This proved to be one of the most fun months I had in 2021. The mystique of hiking every weekend. Exploring Tempe with Arizona State University, Scottsdale, and the various pockets around Phoenix. Yes, some hikes were incredibly difficult to get to by bus, some areas were very inadequately funded, and areas were very rough from a safety standpoint but it was a fun experience.

Phoenix proved to be a city I would probably never move to, but I learned that in my month there. I think reading stuff online is very different from experiencing it firsthand, and sometimes you gotta just try stuff out. It wasn’t really a mistake because I still felt it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about the area.

note: A collection of my Phoenix photos can be found here.

All choices have a cost

Time is finite. That seems obvious but everything we do has a cost when you think about it. Not just from a monetary standpoint but the time invested and the opportunity cost of what we could have been doing otherwise.

We all capitalize on the finite nature of our lives. Perhaps you want to climb the job ladder early on because you have the time to do that. Maybe it is to focus on hobbies and doing what you enjoy in your spare time now that you are finished school. It could even be pursuing more schooling after getting your bachelor’s because extra schooling is rewarding for you but you know it will take more years. Everyone has different goals.

I was travelling a lot. I was in a new timezone every month. It was stressful living on one suitcase, booking flights, and figuring out my weekends. I had to learn cities that I had never been to before. I travelled alone so if I needed help, I was on my own. There were legitimate challenges in living this way.

What I tell people now is to capitalize on the time they have. Some people can’t and that’s alright. Things in their lives like a significant other, family, job obligations, visa things may limit your ability to do that. There is nothing wrong with that, but like I said “all choices have a cost”. It certainly was more costly to fly every month than if I had gone in a group. But in a group everyone is not always on the same page and as such you might see less things or things that don’t interest you.

If you can capitalize on the time you have right now, it can be wonderfully rich. You learn a lot about yourself and what works and what doesn’t. Phoenix proved to be a challenging month but I’ll probably never forget some of the moment there. If I had gone back to the bay area in September I would’ve never had some of those experiences.

Remote work and the ever changing work landscape

I was able to travel and still work due to the capabilities given to working remotely. Over the ~2 years people were forced to work at home in most cases and people slowly classified themselves as “hybrid” or “remote”. Remote working could mean you worked in a workspace with multiple monitors in a cozy mansion. The other extreme is you were sitting in a remote area with spotty wifi but being able to do your work the same. The means of working didn’t matter, the bottom line was the work that you did.

I lived in Seattle for almost a year when I started full time. At the time I didn’t understand my other people in my cohort also starting full time work. We were given the opportunity to try move to a different area and yet 98% of them went back to the bay area. The office wasn’t open and it almost certainly meant sitting at home working remotely regardless if that home was in the bay, SF, or elsewhere. I couldn’t fathom passing up an opportunity to try out different areas. I wanted to see life beyond the bay. Since then I’ve grown empathetic to the people who didn’t do what I did. If your friends are all in the bay, you are familiar with the area, and you don’t know when offices open again (which means moving back at some point) why not just move back to the bay? When I started in August 2020 they said offices were reopening January 1, 2021. And then it was pushed to July 2021. Then it was pushed to September 2021. Then it was pushed to Jan 1, 2022. Then it was pushed to allow remote work. (with payzones)

I was more adventurous which had its own pros and cons. I would sometimes be moving to a new time zone every month. In 2021 I lived in pacific, mountain, central, and eastern time zones. My living accommodations sometimes were less than ideal as I tried to save money. Flying each month was taxing mentally. Moving to a new area had a sense of awe in terms of discovery but it also made my life sporadic and unreliable. My life sounded great on paper but it also had challenges that people who stayed in one place wouldn’t have.

Remote work in the industry is as divisive as ever. Some big places like Tesla, Apple, and Google viewed it as little more than a flash in the pan. In the other corner companies like Amazon, Facebook, Coinbase, and Airbnb opened the floodgates for remote working in different states. (Albeit with payzones). Who could predict which side was going to win? Both sides have major stakeholders.

My thoughts on remote work

I think remote work is the future…for medium to smaller companies. Large companies have too much invested into office infrastructure. The cafeterias, the gyms, the nap pods, and campus bikes all on the dystopian campuses are all there. Having in-office employees are a huge plus for companies since it brings back the people who stay at the office working till 7pm for dinner. Large companies want you back in the office.

Places like Coinbase got RID of their offices during covid and like crypto’s decentralized nature went with a remote-first model. With their resources they can do that. It allows them to hire better talent by expanding their hiring pool beyond the local talent in the competitive bay area.

Over the recent years connotations of remote has changed dramatically. No longer is it weird getting a degree online. It was the norm for ~2 years. No longer is talent constricted by location. It will take more of an ideology shift to think about some of these complicated issues because there are some forward thinking ideas that haven’t been realized due to people “being afraid of change” and “we don’t like what is different, what we have currently works”.

I can’t predict if it “is the future of work” but I think it is a huge plus for workers and shifted more negotiation power in their direction. No longer is a person tied to a location if their work can be done digitally.

Work, work, work

When companies focus solely on work and remove the in-person aspect of the office what happens? You replace all meetings and in-person meetings with “Zoom life”.

No more are the free lunches, snacks, nap pods, and tech campus. Work has been distilled to just the work. Some people thrive off of this. No more do you have to chat with coworkers about their weekend and what is happening in the world. You just get input and you output. It is as basic as code in code out. It’s undeniably more robotic. Perhaps in other industries working is much more clear cut like this, but it is a stark contrast from how things normally are at a lot of tech places where I felt things were more human. (or had more humanity, and maybe that’s a mistake)

There was a bit of burnout throughout the industry (and other industries as well).

Companies would do “half day fridays”, “fridays off all summer”, “take the week off to recover”, etc.. Companies were recording record revenue and financials. Stocks exploded in valuations. Yet people were stressed and overworked as ever. I know my personal experience I couldn’t afford to take the half day fridays or extra “days off to learn” because I had so much work on my plate. Success was almost a double edged sword. No one will complain from a company doing well or when the industry does well. But with success comes the expectation of ever growing metric goals to be reached, and higher expectations for future quarters. Perhaps the means to reduce burnout did nothing but stoke the fire.

So we experience burnout. And they bellow “We have work life balance”.

Work life balance

So many companies preach this. I can’t blame them. Who doesn’t want to say they have “work life balance” among the multitude of perks they provide. But what even is work life balance? Is it the flexibility to call in sick when you are sick? Is it the opportunity to say you provide “unlimited time off” for employees when they need it? Is it the ability to end work at 5pm? Is it the fact that your company doesn’t serve dinner on Fridays at 7pm so you can go and enjoy the weekend? I still don’t know what it is.

I would probably categorize it as “being able to have a life outside of work”. That’s about as vague as the original statement. What does it mean to have a life?

Hobbies outside of work (What does it mean to have a life?)

This might not interest a lot of people but I’ll go in depth into some of my hobbies (only two for brevity) I’ve tried to maintain or learn more about as I try to become more well-rounded as an individual that isn’t defined by their job.

I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong. In my pursuit of co-op jobs in undergrad my other parts of life suffered. I’ve tried my best to think more holistically about people ever since. If you have don’t have skills in one area, it means you have skills in other areas. And the biggest mentality shift is that you are not defined by you job or past work experience. I value someone who is a good person first and foremost.

I didn’t like the bay area culture because it was defined by jobs. To some people, you ARE your job which is a shallow view to have.


I have always loved art. Early on in middle and high school I dreamed of drawing comics. Unfortunately my elective timeslot for art was replaced with more STEM focused courses like the sciences and math. Despite all of that I’ve still enjoyed art museums, different mediums of art like music and photography, etc.

My favourite subsection of art is contemporary art and specifically street art. This has been true ever since my grade 12 english teacher had us watch “Exit Through the Gift Shop” a documentary about Banksy and the multiple popular street artists globally.

I do like viewing art in museums too but I feel street art is different. The nature of it not being being a glass panel adds another layer of complexity. Anyone can go and see art on the street. A piece of art on a street may not be there a few years later due to people painting over it or a building being removed. Photos themselves are snapshots of places in time. Street art is relatively the same concept for areas and walls as canvases.

Hebru Brantley is a Chicago native and he has street art piece scattered throughout the city. I enjoyed being able to try to find them and being there to witness them in person. Some are gone or painted over but when you DO see one of them, it is amazing. Here are some:

(The only Banksy that was in Chicago was removed long before I was able to travel there. Believe me I looked for it.)

I’ve noticed this is something I really enjoy. Whether it be looking for pieces of art around a neighbourhood, wandering in neighbourhoods and learning different areas, or trying whatever local food places are there.


Food has always been a major component of who I am. I really like trying food places (I mean I got a whole blog post category dedicated to food) and trying different cuisines when travelling.

When I go to places I’ll check Yelp and Google Reviews and try to get an idea of what is the speciality and try that. I’m not a picky eater and I’m open to trying different stuff. (BBQ, salads, vegan, raw fish, etc.) Here are some places I was really impressed by:

Wild mushroom enchilada from Cocina Madrigal in Phoenix, Arizona

Pork katsu sandwich from Hi-Collar in NYC

Salmon chirashi bowl from Izakaya Mew in NYC

Mochi donuts from OMG Squee in Austin, Texas

Lobster roll from MARKET Edmonds in Edmonds, WA

Boba toast from Grace Street in NYC, matcha lava cake from Spot Dessert Bar in NYC

John and Yoko from in Scottsdale, Arizona, injeolmi bingsoo from Snowy Village in Seattle, WA

Frywarma from Yummy's Hot Chicken in Houston, Texas, birria tacos from Hola Cabrito Birria De Chivo in Phoenix, Arizona

Leslie Knope (ice cream waffle sandwich) from in Mesa, Arizona, passion fruit kougin aman (among other pastries) from Rose Ave Bakery in Washington DC

Tacos from Discada Tacos in Austin, Texas

Alongside being good food photos, anything that is in the photo above I highly recommend eating at the respective restaurant. Every place has their own speciality and there is always great food in every city it just might take going to more remote areas to find it. I would maybe classify photography also into hobbies but I can only fit two here.

Identity (who we are as people)

I listed some hobbies I like but there are definitely things I didn’t mention to keep this as succinct as possible. (Music, movies, books, travelling, etc.)

We’re all fascinating people. Just because you aren’t an expert in a certain thing doesn’t mean you can’t be great in other areas. I always felt that we are all specializing in different things. And yet our entire lives we are taught the opposite. Those who cannot memorize or do well on tests are labelled as less intelligent, people who don’t want to sit in classes are labelled as unable to focus, and those who follow untraditional paths in adulthood (not going to university, taking GAP years, focusing on themselves) are labelled as “early failures”.

There is a traditional path that most people try to follow, but I’ve felt that the people who are able to find how they learn best and figure out what they are good at succeed in the long term. People I’ve met like that show an aptitude to be creative, make mistakes, and constantly be learning.

This probably speaks more to the status quo but I think it is important to step back and look at the bigger picture. I still have people send me messages from the my-story part 1 and ask if their lives are over if they don’t get into Waterloo CS. It isn’t and I guess it is hard to see it without having the hindsight to look back. Similarly to jobs people associate so much self worth to what school they go to and what major they are in because it makes them feel worthy. We may be insecure about our accomplishments and need to look at someone else who hasn’t accomplished something we have and feel like we are superior.

Working a full time job made me realize it only matters in your world. Everyone is doing their own thing. Unlike school and the previous 22 years of my life, people are at different stages of their life. No longer are people just in 2nd year or 3rd year looking for co-ops or trying to pass a midterm. Some people have families, some people are figuring out life, and it is difficult to compare people when really why even compare people at all? The person working as a staff engineer at 25 is not the same as a 30 year old with a family. Even that barebones comparison has much more nuance because people aren’t defined by their accomplishments or “life resume”. Who is to say which one is suffering and who is succeeding in life. What is even the point of all of this? Is this all there is to life?

And yet…is this all there is to life?

We are alone. There is nothing else.

Maybe this is an overly bleak viewpoint on life but I’ve started to ask the question “is this all there is to life?”. My capricious mood coupled with a life lacking structure and rigidity.

Perhaps it is because I work a job and forsee working at a job for a few decades. These are my honest thoughts that are a bit depressing but I felt this multiple times.

Perhaps it is because I have travelled alone and changed my life multiple times at this point. Trying to find who I am and what type of identity forms from never knowing what is “home”.

Perhaps it is because I see others in their jobs and I see great highs of others. The grass is greener on the other side. Where a life of structure and following the confines of having a regular job, working your way up the job ladder.

Perhaps it is just life. We ponder questions that cannot be answered. We long for meaning in our lives, an ultimate purpose and maybe it is devoid of meaning. We feel comfort in finding meaning to a meaningless world.

Growing up

As I age I see more of my friends choose more life choices that solidify who they are, where they want to be, the people they want to associate with, and what paths they want to follow. There is nothing wrong with this and in some ways that is just maturing. You ultimately must make those difficult decisions to make choices further down the line. (all choices have a cost) The tough choices that decide what you want to do with your life seals many doors. It opens up other ones. Choosing who you want to be with for the rest of your life closes many doors. But it is a rich experience because people finally know who they want to share the rest of their life with.

No person’s life is the same since we all come to the realization that not only is there no singular “right” answer, but everyone is doing the best they can do given their circumstances and what they want at the moment. What we decide at this moment may change in a year or two. This doesn’t mean we are “inconsistent” or “unable to make an opinion”, we all change. We are proven wrong and learn.

Life is a trial of many errors

I feel that in life I’m bound to mess up and make mistakes. Among the people I speak to, the people who deal the hardest with this are the people I know in tech. Maybe it is because of the rigidity of the field trying to mimic and use a computer to achieve what we want. A computer doesn’t make mistakes (generally), it does exactly what it is told. People are messy. We make mistakes (very often), we make emotional decisions sometimes without thinking logically. Sometimes logic fails to encapsulate complicated life situations and making an emotional decision is the correct course of action.

In hindsight I view that there are many points where I

We regret things. And the pain lingers.

From the pandemic blues I learned that all choices have a cost. I’ve often wondered what does it mean to have a life? because life is inexplicably tied to our identity. We form our identity from our experiences past and present, and yet…is this all there is to life? We mature and realize growing up is more than just our successes because life is a trial of many errors. We live our lives linearly yet things have their shape in time, not space alone. We can only control so much of our lives. Rodin said “It is the artist who is truthful and it is photography which lies, for in reality time does not stop.” I think he meant that what we once viewed in one lens changes over time. Nothing ends.

(Conclusion) Things have their shape in time, not space alone.

If you read this far I truly commend you. I expect the natural reaction is “what the heck? This NOT what I signed up for. Where is the coding and overall job stuff?”. Even with the disclaimer at the top, this is far left field from what I normally write. That’s the thoughts I expect from a typical reader. I view this as a FOIL to the original my-story. This is almost the complete opposite from a content standpoint and ideaology. You may ask “So why write this in the first place and what good does it do?”

I’m not really sure why I wrote this, but I knew when the time was right I would write it with the right tone. I’ve tried to write a “my story part 2” multiple times to no avail. It never felt right. It felt like the same cadence as the original post. I still view the original my-story post as incredibly flawed and a one-sided retelling of a story from the “victors” standpoint. The page has incredible traffic and roughly 40% of all page views on my site are for that singular page. It isn’t too crazy to see why. The SEO is great (this post I already know will not be that case) and has many relatable undergrad lessons that people message me to this day about. But I acknowledge it is flawed. It can simutaneously be both a commercial success and a personal failure. Maybe it is because I dislike my portrayal in it and that makes me crazy since I am the author and protagonist in it.

This part 2 is the FOIL because it extenuates everything I wanted to articulate about me and my-story in the time that has passed since. At the time it was only my undergrad life. Now it is so much more. The vastness of adult life and “what does it mean to be an adult”. Just like this time period in my life, it is only a glimpse into a small fraction of time. This is just a snapshot of my life musings I’ve observed and they are frozen in time (aside from a few minor changes here and there). I’ve tried my best to distill my knowledge, yet I still make mistakes, things inevitably fall apart. Life moves on and so do we.

(Conclusion Part 2) It is the artist who is truthful and it is photography which lies, for in reality time does not stop.

I was in Chicago recently and I visited the Chicago Art Institute. I want to end on a quote from Rodin that was on the plaque of his bronze statue “The Walking Man”. The bronze statue almost makes no sense since the bronze itself cannot move on its own. So what purpose is it to be a walking man if it is completely still?

“It is the artist who is truthful and it is photography which lies, for in reality time does not stop.

  • Rodin

I’ve viewed my-story as just that. It is a snapshot of what I did and who I was at the time. Embellished at parts and brutally honest in others. I still feel I didn’t do enough to push the narrative forward on how there is more to life than tech and only perpetuate the same cyclic nature of what most waterloo undergrads strive for and fail to realize until later on. I acknowledge it is a product of its environment and limited in scope to what it can achieve.

I view my-story-2 as a snapshot of my life now. This is a messy post with philosophical themes and some leisure of life travel that almost certainly contrasted my work lifestyle. It is far cry from how my life was in undergrad. And despite all of that it is what is in my life currently and what is on my mind. I’m at a crossroads and I don’t know a better way to articulate that.

What I’ve learned is that people change. People move on with their lives.

2022 and onwards

Again, if you read this far I want to thank you. The intertwining of life events, themes of growing up and maturing, and overall life philosophy was hard to combine into something readable, but I tried to make it work to the best of my ability.

I usually write these a year removed from what actually happened but I can give a sneak peak. Currently I am in Houston (briefly) but in 2022 I was able to visit to OKC, Chicago, Dallas, and San Antonio. Who knows what will happen in the future?