2022 Personal Goals

As mentioned in a Twitter post, I decided on a few goals for 2022 that are obtainable and not too crazy. Last year’s goals were a bit too aggressive, making this year’s goals more reasonable.

The goals are:

  • Complete the Zero-Point Security RTO course, lab, and exam.
    • Measurable in that either I did it or I didn’t. 
  • Eat healthier, drop fat, and increase physical abilities.
    • The bar is pretty low now, in that I’m a couch potato and don’t always watch what I eat. So, it should be pretty simple to improve. Hoping it is like a snowball rolling downhill, starting small and it takes a life of its own.
  • Decode the Matrix of OpenBSD kernel code and contribute to the project as a developer in some way.
    • This sounds measurable, if a patch I submit gets committed, etc; but this is mostly a hobby of decoding the OpenBSD kernel and figuring out how the UVM, vmd, and filesystem subsystems work. 
  • Play my bass more, for my personal enjoyment even if playing two-chord simple songs. No pressure enjoyment with trying to reach some ability.
    • This is perhaps measurable in that am I playing my bass and enjoying playing it? Most of my bass time should be playing and not studying. Thinking of Pink Floyd and Grateful Dead jam sessions kind of thing.

May 1, 2022 Update

OK, so goals change over time or perhaps I picked goals that weren’t good enough? Either way, I’m dropping the bass playing and OpenBSD kernel dev goals.

I didn’t make any real progress between the last update. I did start on the RTO course a bit, but not much. I also purchased all of the courses at Zero-Point Security.

I also haven’t been diving hardcore into my health and losing weight, but I did start eating better. Starting tomorrow, my wife and I are getting back on track!

Feb 6, 2022 Update

Note that I had COVID-19 and was recovering from a minor surgery for the first two weeks of the year, which impacted my ability to do much of anything.

  • Complete the Zero-Point Security RTO course, lab, and exam
    • I restarted the course and lab and will be allocating a lot of time to it in the coming month, hopefully taking the exam in March.
    • I added 80 more hours on top of the existing 40 hours I previously paid for.
  • Eat healthier, drop fat, and increase physical abilities.
    • I have been dropping the ball here, but my wife and I are starting this week.
    • Hitting the gym tomorrow!
  • Decode the Matrix of OpenBSD kernel code and contribute to the project as a developer in some way.
    • I did make some progress on that, at least in the way of being bootstrapped for development: grabbed the source code and understand how to build the kernel and userland tools; subscribed to misc, tech, and source changes mailing lists; reviewed the source for all the vmd stuff; and tested making virtual machines with vmd.
    • I’m probably not going to make much progress on this goal until March, need to focus more on RTO.
  • Play my bass more, for my personal enjoyment even if playing two-chord simple songs. No pressure enjoyment with trying to reach some ability.
    • I took all my gear out of storage, set it all up in a dedicated space for it, and started taking bass music lessons. The music lessons are great because the teacher is an experienced performer, teacher, and educated well for the electric bass, too.
    • I still need to play/practice daily and start scheduling things that include playing the bass.