Best of 2021
At the end of 2020, I made a prediction of a better 2021 – better than 2020, that is. Though still challenging, 2021 was considerably more eventful for me. However, I've been experiencing the delayed consequences of the severe self-imposed social segregation I had put myself through during the entirety of 2020. I've spent most of this year in search of peace of mind, peace from mind, meaning, motivation, and focus. Therefore, a careful reader might notice a common theme in best things I've experienced this year.
- Ethics by Benedict Spinoza – Last time I was this inspired by anyone's writing and philosophy was when I read Ben Franklin's autobiography.
- Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy – This might be the OG personal improvement book. Loved it.
- Ulpan is Her Name by Gabit Musrepov – A *adjective is redacted* story of a strong, wise, and kind Kazakh woman.
- The Nothingness of Money – Money is important, but not that important, and not uniformly important throughout life. A really good read.
- Replacing Guilt (series) – It's also available as an audiobook. So many important ideas are covered here. Took me months to digest.
- How to Do Long Term – Fascinating, how we all know that long–term thinking is important, but fail to act long-term.
- Ted Lasso (Season 2) – Naive, genuine, kind, but not to the point of being ridiculous.
- Arcane – A really good story. Great soundtrack, too.
- The Speed Cubers – A short and sweet documentary. Loved it and highly recommend.
- The Lobster – The movie shows the ridiculousness of our extreme desire to have at least something in common with our partners.
- A Hero – Also rewatched all of Asghar Farhadi's previous movies. Genius!
- Incendies – Used to think Denis Villenueve has been getting better as a director: from Prisoners, to Arrival, to Bladerunner, to Dune. But turns out he had started out as a great director already.
Best things I did
- Started practicing Islam
- Got vaccinated
- [Placeholder for master's thesis completion]
I would hope that next year is going to be amazing. But it's going to be 2020 too (get it?). Thank you for reading my stuff and happy new year!