2018 (video)

So I meant to post this video once 2019 rolled in, but let me tell you.. the app that I used to compile the video really had a hard time deciding if my phone had enough space available. So that was an obstacle. And then.. between traveling and work, I totally dropped the ball on this. Anyways, it's here now, edited and music-ified, and I feel really grateful when I watch this video and reflect:

Last year was a big year for me. It was a year of a lot of meaningful exploration.

I “went back to school” to start a Computer Science club with some amazing people. I learned about economics, politics, distributed systems, and making smart investments while jumping down the blockchain rabbit hole. I traveled through 6 countries (one of which I’ve visited 6 times now, and it’s not the USA or China). I put myself through over 50 job interviews, ran a 200-mile relay with 11 friends, and caught a 40-pound lingcod by the Farallon Islands. It was a fun time.

I think I’ve always been a great explorer, because I enjoy putting myself out there in uncomfortable situations and seeing how I can make the best of it. But I honestly think that I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the amazing people who have stuck around to love me, challenge me, and enjoy life with me. Many of those people made it into this 1-second daily compilation, but there are also a lot who aren’t featured. A warm thank you to all of you.

2019 is already a fourth of its way out the door, but I’ve been working on a new theme for myself. It’s not enough to be an explorer. I need to be a builder. I have time and energy, and I need to see what kinds of useful things I can create for the people I love. I’m blessed to have the opportunities that I have today, and I hope that I can make the most out of them.

“The planet is dying. The sun is exploding. The universe is cooling. Nothing is going to matter. The further back you pull the more that truth will endure. But when you zoom in on Earth, when you zoom in on a family, when you zoom into a human brain, and a childhood and human experience, you see that all these things matter. We have this fleeting chance to participate in an illusion called I love my girlfriend and I love my dog. How is that not better?” — Dan Harmon