This post marks my 100th entry on this site!
My first post went live on April 21st, 2016 and, if memory serves, I have managed to post at least once every week since then.
The original motivation to start this site was three-fold. First, I vainly wanted to snag up the domain name in the off-chance that I wanted to use it in the future. Second, I wanted an excuse to force myself to write regularly. It had been a few years since I finished my master’s degree, and I found that my writing skills had softened over time, so I wanted a reason to regularly practice those skills to keep them sharp.
The third, and primary reason, was to chronicle and reinforce my path towards becoming a paramedic. I had intended to document the application process of returning to school, the time spent as a student, and eventually the transition into a career. I also wanted to use the website to discuss and teach the concepts I was learning because I believe it is a good mode of reinforcing the material I would have learned in class (an effective way of learning is being forced to teach it to others).
The unfortunate result is that I’ve been maintaining this site up to 100 posts without a clear purpose or direction of where I want to go. This is amusingly also the case with what I want to do career-wise.
I had my performance appraisal at work last week, and my boss said she was “super happy” with my work and contribution (there are a few areas of growth we identified, but otherwise it was a great appraisal). When we discussed my future avenues of growth, I was hard-pressed to come up with the next steps of where to go next beyond wanting to take on more responsibility in general. I have a few concrete skill sets that I want to work on, but nothing that lends itself to an obvious career choice.
I suppose this blog is an accurate reflection of my career trajectory. On the one hand, the status quo looks good, clean, and polished. On the other hand, it lacks direction and purpose. However, the blog also affords me the space to stop, reflect, and document things as I go.
I don’t have an answer as to where I’m intending on going next, but at least I can share my muses along the way.
He’s to another 100 posts!