I thought back to 2011. The most amazing fact about the year is that for the first time in ten years, all of these were true:
- I worked for the same company and didn’t change jobs.
- I did not go from work to student, from student to work, or change employers. (Though I did do an after-hours drawing class, but that doesn’t count.)
- I did not buy or sell a house, or move houses across the same city, country, or continent. Between 2006 and 2010, I moved houses every single year.
In all years between 2002 and 2010, at least one of the above changes happened, and on most years, more than one. All of these life changes are somehow incredibly taxing to me in terms of time, money, and mental effort. Not having to spend resources on them meant I had more time for myself, and reflecting about what is it that I really want to be doing and who I want to be. I figured out a few things, but there’s nothing really material to speak of yet.