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Unfamiliar Territory

It feels like my life has no meaning ever since I got a little busier with the new job. Don’t get me wrong, I love the job (been in the same field since ’04), colleagues and opportunities it has given me. But I was just realizing the other day that I don’t have direction in my life right now. Maybe, it’s because I’ve not met as many people as I’ve had hoped when I move down to AZ few years back.

Recently, I joined a meetup group with AZ professionals in 20s and 30s. Basically, a hang out of professionals with their busy lives, yet be able to squeeze in few hours here and there for happy hour, hiking, movies etc etc. I plan on attending their new Members Meet & Greet next Saturday. Really, hoping I can find people to hang and connect with besides the people I already know. I’ve never felt like this before. I don’t mind if I live alone and be lazy but past few months, I can sense I need a direction, a change of what I’ve already known.

Stay tuned for new entry next Sunday (July 29)


A Clarity in Vision

It is an interesting stage where I am. This is going to be about the trajectory of my life, and what may seem like incoherent paths that I have recently traversed.

Throughout the past few years, I have followed a deeper instinct in making choices. A lot of decisions have been taken at a subconscious level. Questions have occurred quite often. I think it is time to pen them down. And I wish to share them here so that others know, so that all my friends remember and motivate me when they can.

Deep inside my heart, I have really wanted to contribute in the field of education, but at a school level. From personal experience, I know what an inspiration at a young age can do. How much energy it can provide…

As a child, I had a lot of questions — many, many more than I do now.  And I felt that I needed someone who wouldn’t mind me asking so many things from unrelated aspects of study. Economics, Physics, Psychology, Literature, Engineering and leadership may seem very different. But for a child, a question is a question. It is a desire to understand life.

I have wanted to educate myself about different things, and have worked very hard at it. I have worked hard to gain a diverse set of experiences in different environments. Sometimes, specialized knowledge across different streams of study may seem purposeless. But I feel it widens our perspective and makes us more open to possibilities. Personally, I wish to spend some more time learning, and developing ideas more clear. This, while knowing that with time trajectories can evolve and perspectives can grow. I hope and will work hard to let this evolution be positive. In the meantime, more learning, growing, volunteering and doing the grunt work that is so much fun!

Happy Cynic

A college friend from long ago contacted me on LinkedIn this weekend. She was sharp, very hard working and one of the top students in our class. I looked through her profile and she is working for a startup in California. I suspect that she contacted me because she is preparing for the worse in the rumors of layoffs. While I was at it, I also looked at the profile of a common friend of ours who is now linked to both of us. He cheated his way through college, yes, literally cheated. If you ask him, he wouldn’t know how many bits are in a byte. He is an IT manager at a respectable firm. Which goes to show, life is not only unfair, it’s often bizarre. And where you are in your material life depends on what opportunities you passed and which you availed and how many times you got caught doing something you shouldn’t have been doing. I have to admit, that cheating friend of ours had great social skills. He went to church not for God, but because he thought it was a good way to make friends of need. So I guess the ass kissining goes much further than your brain cells. Yeah, isn’t that a surprise?

25 Rondom things about me

This went out on Facebook about a year ago. Thought, I should include this in my blog entry.

As of Nov 8th, 2010

1. 19 of my 28 years have been lived in Pakistan (13) and Saudi Arabia (6).

2. I grew up in a Conservative family, however, I am Liberal.

3. My childhood dream was to be a fighter pilot.

4. I often dream of a short role in a Martin Scorsese’s movie.

5. My celebrity crush is Lauren Graham.

6. I love Tequila.

7. My current favorite band is The White Stripes.

8. My favorite song is Wicked Games by Chris Isaac.

9. I am good with remembering names.

10. My biggest regret is not keeping up my proficiency in playing the guitar and piano.

11. I am addicted to Olives.

12. My mind works best when I am multitasking.

13. I function better by instinct than by planning. Really.

14. I am most attracted by the mysterious.

15. If I could be successful at anything of my choosing, I would be a good dad and husband.

16. I got scared the first time I saw Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.

17. I love the smell of coffee.

18. I’ve come to believe that you do not know something until you can articulate it or perform it.

19. I love driving. Really

20. Reflection is hard but necessary for growth.

21. My idea of a really exciting time would be to spend a month by myself in some far off lonely place without anybody else around.

22. Wherever I go, I hear the music playing in the background and judge the place/people based on what is being played. Music is always playing inside my head–even in my sleep! Everything gets accompanied to some kind of music track going on inside my brain.

23. My biggest fear is religious fundamentalism of any creed—at least the kind that causes people to hate each other.

24. I am optimistic about people and want to see everyone reach their full potential.

25. Most of my life I have shared easily but with few. With Social media (blogging, facebook, twitter) I now share with many but no longer with ease.