My theme for 2022 is play.
Yes, it's almost February.
I take my time and I'm good with me 😊
I've believed that pressure is what makes me produce work.
That belief is probably from my work-focused immigrant upbringing. Or maybe it's from a pull-quote I read by a productive but unhappy designer. Wherever it came from, it's a belief I'd like to challenge.
I'm inspired by Derek Sivers, who learned that stress earned him a mere 4% gain in his regular bike rides.
I'm inspired by creative engineers Sara Drasner, Cassidy Williams, Lynn Fisher, and Jason Lengstorf, who make play a fixture of their tech careers.
But I'm inspired most by an article from Jonny Sun:
Most rocks, I assume, don’t turn into diamonds under extreme pressure. — #17. Rock (ordinary)
Why am I pushing to be a hard diamond, when I could be a happy rock?