This year was everything man, I was at my lowest and my highest in a space of months. This is my first time writing a yearly review, so I'd keep it short for us 🙏🏽.
After deciding to take programming seriously in January, I'd start with the losses🙂.
My mental health went down the drain when I started losing out on relationships that held value and engaging in less valuable ones. Most of these happened in school.
I felt a compromise in identity for months as a result of (1). Funny how I never came honest to myself early enough.
As a result of (1), my progress on taking software engineering as a career was deteriorating and I got confused at some point.
Socially, I was feeling less confident and got lonely.
To be honest, I lost out on a lot as a result of bad relationships with both genders. No regrets though, just lessons.
I took technical writing as a thing and started polishing my writing skills. I applied to tech content marketing agencies and got into two of them.
I started reading more books and focused on my interests (behavioural psychology and career improvements). This helped me regain my sense of identity even though I was alone(mentally).
I applied for HNG as a backend engineer intern and emerged as a finalist. This boosted my confidence and made me believe more in my abilities. I met a couple of folks at HNG(Dayo, Peju, Ose, Tito) and these guys helped me improve my skills. Fun times 😅
I started handling all of my bills myself(thanks to tech writing).
I started writing better code and improved on my problem-solving. I started using technologies I just saw people talk about(e.g Typescript, Swagger, Github workflows). Huge thanks to HNG.
I started getting creative rejection emails 💀.
Honestly, this year was the longest for me.
During the bad times, I picked up some valuable lessons.
Maintain quality relationships.
Cut off/ Avoid unnecessary relationships.
Stay focused to maintain clarity.
Ultimately, focus on yourself ❤️
Taking this year's lessons to 2022 ⚙.
See y'all in the next ⛓.