Annus horribilis

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I can’t tell you how happy I am 2022 is over.

Ok, this is my usual “end-of-year rant,” continue at your own risk. 

I look back at what it was meant to be, and I must admit it has been a complete failure. All of my plans went south as soon as February started.

No matter what I did to follow my designed path, external influences have taken me personally and professionally elsewhere.

The truth is that you can’t program everything, even though you want to. 

I will not fail into this mistake again.

Nevertheless, there are some lessons that I have learned along the journey:

  • Uncertainty is the new constant. The pandemic, the war, the rising inflation, and the energy crisis are something no one expected, and the result is that every decision taken may change the next day.
  • Everything became more complicated. Every single process out there has been designed by an insane bureaucrat. No matter what you do, you have to fight hard.
  • Many people find refuge in an Oz World and want you to think you are part of the same world. Trying to escape the uncertainty, they built their private world with their rules.
  • A lot of business decisions are made in a very conservative way. People tend to stay on the safe side or, even worse, decide the best way to please their boss.
  • I need to redesign my habits to be more consistent. Think more and act more—no impulse decisions.
  • Distance is a huge problem. I tend to stay away from people much more than before, and that’s wrong.
  • Nobody is listening, and everybody is talking. Me too.
  • In a more general way, there is less beauty out there than before. 
  • There is a dystonic approach to business planning. Everybody wants to grow without considering the impact on people, society, and the world. Not to talk about the strange idea of growing without considering the potential effect of all external factors.
  • I need to care for myself. This year has been terrible from a physical perspective. I am not young anymore, and I should consider that. 
  • From a business perspective, it has been an incredibly tough year. There is an incredible amount of things that need to be fixed to be able to continue our journey. This is the biggest challenge for the following year.

Those issues will remain in 2023. The good news is that I am aware of them and will act accordingly.

It looks like there has been a lot of negativity in 2022, but I have to admit I have to save something:

  • I have spent valuable time with incredibly talented people. I have learned a lot. 
  • I read a lot, much more than in my entire life.
  • I enjoyed my personal hobbies more than before. Coding, guitar, and magic have significantly improved and helped me understand what was happening around me.
  • I loved spending time with my significant one. Definitely a big change.
  • I have spent less money on things and have been able to manage my money more effectively.
  • I have learned to let things go. 

No, I do not have a new year’s resolution list. It never worked for me; it is just wishful thinking. 

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