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A mission in life

(Illustration from absurd.design)

Life is complicated. Although we may believe we are the same person we always were, we keep changing. Our beliefs are different from weeks ago. The way we experience life changes. Each person has a way to fulfil their lives, and this way changes over time.

When I was at college, besides the everyday life of a young adult, I also fulfilled a good part of my time with computer science. I used to love to test myself against things like Project Euler, hang out on IRC talking about software security, C and Unix philosophy.

When I moved to Ireland, I stopped doing it, mainly because I was doing a Master’s degree while working for AWS. That alone took a tremendous amount of time, so what was left I spent hanging out with colleagues or travelling around Europe.

Recently I came back to the “studying/talking about computer science in my free time” type of person. Ironically, after a burnout. I’m spending a good amount of my time doing homework for the Data Science course I’m currently doing at Unicamp, but already thinking about what I would like to do next. As I said last month, my current way of paying the bills is far from my ideal solution. Besides paying the bills with something more remarkable, I also would like to keep learning cool things and maybe using them for the greater good™. One easy way to archive it would be joining a PhD program, though I’m not 100% sure if I want to: spend the money on it and spend my time on subjects I don’t like so much (since no PhD program will be only flowers).

This whole discussion in my mind started all due to two questions I keep asking myself and changing the answers: what’s a good life? What’s the purpose of life? They are tough questions to answer. I’m typically only able to know what I don’t consider a good response, and I keep trying to learn from others around me. Not that I think we should follow what others believe, but rather, it’s essential to understand the ones close to us and learn from their mistakes and happiness.

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