It’s summer! The feeling of having no homework is amazing. I can finally do all the things that I’ve been doing throughout the year, but with much less guilt.
I still can’t decide if I had a good year or not. On the one hand, I suffered. A LOT. I overloaded myself with too many things: projects, teaching, writing, rocky relationships, and in the end half-assed everything. In hindsight, I believe I could have learned a lot more if I had tried to learn less.
On the other hand, it was a year of personal growth with amazing experiences. It was the year when I published my third book in Vietnamese. I finished my 2016’s reading challenge: read 50 books. I taught a course at Stanford, which was endorsed by Google, Kaggle, DeepLearning4J and was featured on front page of HackerNews, AI Weekly, and GitHub. A professor invited me to Hungary to help his team with a machine learning project — I accepted and had the time of my life. I started working at one of the world’s most interesting companies. I also fell in love.
I have so many plans for the summer. I want to spend more time doing things I love: writing, running, doing outdoorsy stuff like a true Californian. I need to finish my first book in English. I also want to learn to fly airplanes — I don’t know how it’s going to happen yet but I’m going to try.
In the meantime, I’m very tired. I got drunk for the first time in years last night and now all the good, the bad, and the ugly memories are mashed together. I guess this post is representative of my mental state right now: jumbling.