See the final results of my 30 Days of Gratitude challenge here: 30 Days of Gratitude: Final Reflections.
Can’t believe it’s already day 24! It’s amazing how much ~3 weeks has changed my outlook. Since I’m trying to focus on thanking the people in my life, here are 5 people I’m thankful for today:
- My parents, for giving me the tools to achieve economic success. Both of my parents were poor immigrants to the US, who are now upper-middle class. They taught me to be smart about money and strategic about my career choices so I don’t have to worry about my financial future. Only recently have I realized that not everyone has the privilege of growing up with parents that teach them such values.
- My mentor at my past job. I am so grateful to have been able to work with her. She taught me a lot of things about software engineering and life in general.
- The VP who got me my current job. Yes, I did have to interview – but I’m 100% sure my offer was a lot stronger than it would’ve been otherwise because I came in as a referral. I don’t even believe I would’ve been given my current opportunity if it weren’t for that VP.
- The engineer who helped me set up my development environment. Ok, I’m sure that sentence doesn’t make sense to most people – but basically, he introduced me to some tools that makes it easier to write code. It made my life a lot easier.
- My coworkers. There’s one guy in particular – he’s really negative (constantly complains about other team members’ work) and honestly intimidates me like no other, but I know deep down he’s a good guy. I used to avoid him because he made me uncomfortable, but I recently got the guts to ask him to ‘mentor’ me in a way, since I know he writes good code and I want to improve. I saw that he complained about me to our boss since I broke some stuff, and I was really upset because I felt like he over-exaggerated. Then I realized that a bruised ego is a small price to pay if it’ll make me a better engineer, and that I’m very lucky to have someone like him to point out bad things I write. I hope that it’ll go from him being mad at all the bad things I’ve written, to one day being able to fluently write good code.
What are you thankful for?