{dev}athlete

developer
[dih-vel-uh-per] noun
an individual who writes code for computer programs

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athlete
[ath-leet] noun
an individual who is proficient in exercises involving physical strength, speed, or endurance

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{dev}athlete
[dev-ath-leet] noun
an individual who codes and is proficient in physical exercises :)

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Sometimes, the path to take is not obvious. Sometimes, the path doesn't even exist. Sometimes, the path has to be created.

At the end of 2019, I decided to take an indefinite leave from my job as an engineering project manager. The plan was to travel, gain mental space, and discover the next path to take in life.

After two months of driving across the country and back in my subie, the coronavirus pandemic hit, cutting plans for further travel short.

I hunkered down and, instead of returning to the workforce, decided to live life as if I were retired, trying to answer the question—if I had all the time in the world and no obligations, what would I spend my time doing?

Six months later, I had the chance to look back and see how I've spent my time during the past half year.

The answer was clear. There were only two things I did consistently everyday:

  1. Learn and write code—specifically for web development
  2. Meditate and train physically—specifically calisthenics and handbalancing

Have I found my path in life? Am I a developer and an athlete?

A {dev}athlete?

I still don't know for sure, but this is the path I choose to create for myself right now...