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Welcome to #257 - the last report for 2021, these statistics make me wonder what these numbers and revolutions mean if not for articial markers designed by humans to make sense of the cosmic hurl through the infinite multiverse.
This blog will start off with a review on the resolutions for the year that was, followed by a very nostalgic photo dump. i’ll then do a rundown on the goals for the coming year and a recap on the last couple weeks. This report has been in the writing as the ideas brewed in my head over the last few days - penning this down in the Bombay residence.
Work: In August/September of this year, i took the decision to move back to India after a solid three year stint in Singapore. Proud of the way i’ve shifted gears, and kept the engine on full throttle throughout. Wrote a few blogs during the transition here and here.
Martial Arts: i started off on my Brazilian JiuJitsu training this January, and continued it religiously till October – falling off the regularity after moving back to Bangalore. Thanks to Coach Vladmir(IRL) and Mr.Rogan(over the internet), i’ve caught the BJJ bug and it’s not leaving anytime soon - it’s a beautiful metaphor that teaches something about life everytime i step on the mats.
Wealth Management: i learnt and diversified my savings across mutual funds, stocks, ETFs, crypto and insurance plans, currently learning the ropes on NFTs. Got around my mental block and finally understood basic financial planning on my own, also budgeted my expenses as i prepared for my move to India.
Balance & relationships: Things didn’t pan out as i would’ve wanted them to, but the silver lining is that i learnt and moved forward without bruises. i’ve realized that these are not goals that we can set and work towards, but self-realizations/feelings that shall guide me.
Information Consumption: i started off the year well with audited social media consumption patterns but fell off the discipline somewhere in the middle of the year. i need Quarter check-ins similar to this year-end blog so as to keep myself regular and accountable.
i spent some time last Friday going through my photos library to prepare for this blog, and smiled endlessly at the good memories i made. These lookbacks cement in my head Casey Neistat’s maxim to prioritize experiences over things. So grateful to be living this life.
First day wearing the Gi - felt so macho!
Snapped this on a sunny afternoon run
Beach Volleyball, next to the National Stadium!
At the temple
Good dinner & vibes at Going Om, Arab Street
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
February’s reading list
Half-marathon on the birthday
Horrible, but deserves its place up there on the experiences
Meals from Nutrition Kitchen
Pennyboarding around the city
After a long run along the Changi Beach Park
Discovered a quarry on a long run along the Rifle Range Road!
Great times with the gang
Partied on a yacht the entire evening, along the West Coast of Singapore
Got bit by sea urchins on the yacht, got operated on :((
Hot Pot Mala!
Leaving Sam Leong, home for three years
Saw MSD win us the semis in Dubai! One of the best memories of the year :))
Beautiful scenes in Abu Dhabi
Qasr Al Watan, what luxury
Back in Bombay
Houseware’s Hotel office, Bengaluru
Diwali at home
Bye Bye Uber!
Home office, Bengaluru
Weekend Goa getaway, scooting around Vagabond
Battle scars on clay
Phew, that was overwhelming. Onto the next part:
There are a few questions that i shall ask myself on a regular basis to keep myself on the rails.
There is an information ingestion framework that i shall follow:
Post & Ghostas much as possible!
i recently learnt of the concept of cognitive empathy being different from emotional empathy. i face a lack of emotional empathy across almost all my relationships and that is both useful and harmful in certain situations. Although emotional empathy is not easy to develop, cognitive empathy seems like something that can be practised like a bicep curl. There’s no definitive quantitative measure to these qualities, and i’ll go with my gut here.
i shall stay close to my hobbies, revisiting my memories shows me how a large percentage of what i remember are first-time experiences. i shall invest in BJJ, skateboarding and making stupid little online movies.
On the fitness front, i will get regular at BJJ(3-4 times a week) from January onwards. i am working on my flexibility with stretching workouts everyday, and i will achieve full front splits by the end of 2022. i currently hover around 14-15% body fat, i will get under 12% and achieve six-pack abs. As part of this, i shall work on meal plans with the help of my cook - make the 12% goal a reality. i aim to continue playing tennis 1-2 times a week and participate in 3-4 AITA tournaments through the year. i shall continue with one-week nofap streaks, they suit me well.
i realized the power of a community during covid, and aim to stay close to friends and family going forward. i have made a list of people i wish to stay close to, and will make a concerted effort to talk to them regularly via meetups/meals/calls. i wish to do a weekend trip and travel to a new location at least once a month, keep the photo library fresh with smiles :))
i am excluding goals for my professional and private life from this blog - as much as i want to make things public, i believe some things are better left for my own eyes only. All existing rituals shall continue as-is, unless there comes up any valid reason to discontinue.
A recap on the last couple weeks: