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Andrew (he/him)
Andrew (he/him)

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What have you accomplished this decade?

We're just over a month away from the end of this decade,* and I'm wondering what big changes everyone has made since December 2010. Did you get married? Become a millionaire with that great side project idea? Finally figure out how to center-align a <div>?

Here are a few of my highlights:

  • went backstage at a RUSH concert ๐Ÿค˜
  • finished my B.S. in Physics && Math ๐ŸŽ“
  • got rejected from 11 graduate programs โ›”
  • worked full-time in a falafel shop ๐Ÿฅ™
  • earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics โš›๏ธ
  • got engaged! ๐Ÿ’
  • visited ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญfor the first time
  • moved to Ireland from the U.S. โ˜˜๏ธ
  • failed my Irish driving test three times ๐Ÿš—
  • got my first job as a software developer ๐Ÿ’พ
  • became an uncle ๐Ÿ‘ถ
  • ...and lots more!

How about you? What's changed for you in the past ten years?

* using 0-based years, of course

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Top comments (9)

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Artemiy Gazizyanov

Glad to see your progress over the past decade.

Your post made me think about what I have achieved over the years.
As for me, your post can serve as a good retrospective for each of us.

I rarely think about what I have achieved because I always strive forward and achievements always fade in front of what I am going to do next.

Well, let's start:

  1. I graduated from high school and passed my exams very well. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ
  2. I received a bachelor's degree in software engineering. ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“
  3. Studied programming (But as you know, this process never ends) ๐Ÿ“š
  4. I got my first job after the first year of university. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  5. Moved to another city, which is larger and more beautiful than my own. ๐Ÿ™Œ
  6. Now I get a master's degree in software engineering. ๐Ÿค“
  7. Learned to drive a car. ๐Ÿš—
  8. Participated in the development of many interesting projects. ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป
  9. Learned to play the guitar, piano, drums, wind instruments. ๐ŸŽถ
  10. I made many new friends whom I love and respect. ๐Ÿ˜
  11. Travelled the world, most of all I liked the hot dogs in England. ๐ŸŒญ
  12. Visited concerts of my favourite bands. ๐Ÿค˜
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Andrew (he/him)

Do you have a practice space where you live for your instruments? I want to learn how to play the drums but I live in an apartment in the middle of the city ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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Artemiy Gazizyanov

No, I learned how to play them being in local town orchestra. I went there just for fun and it turned out to be very interesting. ๐Ÿ˜Š
At home, I only have some guitars and a synth.
As for drums, I always wanted to have them, but they take up a lot of space and make a lot of noise.
So, I see one perfect decision, is to buy an electronic drum set. They are quiet and can be folded in necessary.

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Desirรฉ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ • Edited

Well, Andrew, you haven't wasted a single minute!

I like the idea, for me...

๐ŸŽฎ Created and organized a videogames tournament until its end.
๐ŸŽค Gave a public speech for the first time.
๐Ÿฅ’ Found out I actually like veggies. A lot.
๐Ÿฆˆ Got some real shark tooth!
๐Ÿฆ‰ First time living on my own, bye-bye parents!
๐Ÿ–ฅ Got my first IT job in a company...!
๐Ÿ’ป ...And the second one!
๐Ÿ’Œ Met my actual partner, we're living together!

Guess even more is coming!

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Andrew (he/him)

Nice! What kind of video games? Retro or modern? PC or console?

helleworld_ profile image
Desirรฉ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ

Focused on PC competitive videogames, we did HearthStone, League of Legends and Overwatch! It was fun and a really nice experience for me ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Jean-Michel ๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Fayard • Edited

Awesome question

In general, I would say that I went from failure to failure without loosing my enthousiasm... which is what Churchill described as the true meaning of success.

In the details

  • ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท => ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช I tried to live in Paris, France. Didn't work for me. I moved on and I'm now since 5 years a proud Berliner
  • ๐Ÿ’’๐Ÿ‘ฐ I went through painful relationship issues and ended up finding a woman I married
  • ๐Ÿค’ I had terrible depression crisis and survived. It feels great to be alive!
  • ๐Ÿ“ฑI struggled to become a professional Android developer. It took me years to realize that in fact it was the platform in fact that not well designed and plagues with terrible conventions and documentations.
  • ๐Ÿ“ต I moved away from Android and don't want to be put in a box anymore. Specialization is for insects
  • ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป After years of seeing others do open-source, I became a prolific contributor and started my own project, which has worked quite nicely since one year and I have exciting plans going forward
  • ๐ŸŽค I also started giving speeches at meetups and want to do more of it
  • ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™Š I became better at understanding my needs, at communicating, at being flexible like water when it didn't really matter, but assertive and direct when it was something important for me
  • ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต I became fluent in English, German and Spanish. I also learned a bit of Italian, Esperanto and Japanese.
  • ๐Ÿ—พ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด I had life-changing trips in Colombia and in Japan
  • โœ๐Ÿป I started writing after lots of years reading what other people had to say
  • ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐ŸŽถ I learned to play guitar (I already could play piano) and to sing better
  • ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ I learned lots of dance, from Salsa to Argentine Tango
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Andrew (he/him)

It sounds like you overcame some incredible challenges, Jean-Michael. Tu es une inspiration!

Quelle type de musique joues-tu ร  la guitare?

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Jean-Michel ๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Fayard

Health issues was the hardest part,
and the catalyst for much of the rest.

J'adore la musique d'Amรฉrique du Sud et d'Espagne.
Salsa, Cumbia, Tango, Bumbuco, ...