It’s that time of the year when I think about what’s next. What do I want to accomplish in 2018 and what do I need to accomplish? What are my interests? What are my priorities?
Do you ever find that your interests and your priorities don’t align very well? I guess we all do. That’s certainly my situation at the moment. It’s one of the challenges of life, of course. You have to make choices – trade-offs – and that’s not always easy.
I don’t have the answers, yet. I know that I’d like to have more time to dig deeper and deeper into complexity and chaos. Yes, I’m serious. I suppose I’m more metaphysician than anything else. If I could have made a living as a philosopher, that’s what I would be doing.
I’d also like to experiment with AI, just for some personal applications. And, in general, I wish I could get back to doing more programming. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that.
I’d also like to have time to do some writing, especially on professional development and consulting. And I’d like to bring out a new version of my Effective Speaking book.
The desire to learn, apply, and teach is part of my nature. Teaching is one of my question marks, though. I have always enjoyed teaching, but, honestly, I seem to enjoy it less now. Maybe it’s because I simply need to teach new things. Or maybe it’s that, to me, technology has depersonalized teaching in the same way it seems to depersonalize everything else.
Then, there’s my profession – systems engineering. It pays most of the bills and keeps me at the center of complexity (and always on the edge chaos). It’s also “who I am” and “what I do.” I’ll miss it when it’s gone.
How do I bring these disparate things together into a meaningful whole?
If only I could be a systems philosopher.