August 9, 2009

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My life as a 25-year-old

I’ll be turning 26 on Wednesday, and I thought I’d review the past year. I wrote a Ruby program to crunch the tagging statistics of my blog, and I saw some patterns I thought I’d like to share with you. Here’s a tagcloud of the 25th year of my life (showing only popular tags used from Aug 2008 to July 2009). Below it, you can see the biggest losers and biggest gainers in terms of tags, as compared to my life as a 24-year-old.

The drops in Emacs-related posts is because I stopped working on the Wicked Cool Emacs book, which Ian Eure is now working on. Instead, we’ve adopted two cats, I started doing a lot more Drupal at work, and I picked up a few new interests.

It’s pretty cool being able to see things like that. =)

Diagrams were created in Inkscape, after crunching my WordPress XML file using a Ruby REXML stream parser and some OpenOffice.org fiddling.

Food and shelter, health, love, skill, meaning

W- and I are on our very first staycation. J- will be with us for two weeks, so he figured he’d take some time off to spend with her, and I figured I’d take some time off to spend with them. Besides, vacation–unstructured time–is great for building memories and investing in yourself.

This brings me to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and how I hope to spend my staycation: working on food and shelter, health, love, skill, and meaning. I’m already happy, so it’s not about escaping from work (which I enjoy). I want to explore how I can make life even more wonderful. There are lots of ways to deepen our experiences, and they don’t involve a lot of money. They do need an investment of time.

Food: Learning new recipes! Yesterday, we made a summer chickpea salad (mint, basil, red onion, lemon, chickpeas) from the Jamie’s Dinners book.
Shelter: Getting more organized. Added shelves for plants, bags.
Health: Exercising more, biking more.
Love: Sharing experiences.
Skill: Working on presentations, sewing, and photography.
Meaning: Reflecting on life, figuring out how I want to contribute.

This’ll be fun!