Happy 2020

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Twenty-twenty is rather significant not just because it’s the beginning of a whole new year, but the beginning of a new decade. If you ask just about anyone about what they think of the world’s progress during the 2010s, you’ll probably get varying responses.

To some, they see that every day, the earth is even closer to its demise, as progress to real solutions to protect the environment are slow to gain momentum. Others might tell you about the lack of progress in our political system, as politicians can be seen as being better at putting on a show by attacking each other instead of working together to come up with real solutions. And in technology, user privacy continues to be a real concern as companies collect more and more information from consumers. And there’s also the treat of North Korea, the drama relating to the impeachment of the current president, and it goes on and on.

Others see progress instead of regress. In the last decade, we’re now hearing a little bit of a more diverse set of voices, so minorities are finally being heard. And even if solving climate change has seen little progress, awareness is becoming greater.

What I see is a world that is progressing rapidly in the technological field. That’s why I’m a tech writer, because I love reading and hearing about new innovations that help make the world a better place.

The way I see it, without technology, we might not be able to come up with efficient solutions to complex problems. Companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google are always creating new things to make the world a better place, even if the new services are often subject to heavy criticism, especially when it comes to privacy.

Without the consistent desire to do better, the world wouldn’t be anywhere near as sophisticated as it is today. That’s why I’d like so set a few areas I’d like to improve over the course of 2020.

  • Read books. For starters, I’d like to read more. I’m not concerned with whether I’m reading educational, fictional, or opinionated materials. Reading will help me build an even better understanding of the English language, and teach me more about complex subjects. Besides, the would is increasingly full of information, and the human mind is especially evolved for the purpose of constant learning.
  • Learn Spanish. As someone who lives in the south, learning Spanish would be very handy. Learning Spanish will not only allow me to better communicate with others, but to understand their cultures, as well. I’m not sure if I can really hold up to this resolution giving how much work I do each week, but it’s something I’d like to try.
  • Write more. I’d like to spend more time writing. The only way to get better at something is to keep doing it. I’m not sure if I’m going to try to increase my focus for On MSFT, write more on this blog that no one reads, to give Medium a shot. Perhaps I might keep a private journal.

Historically, I’ve never been good at keeping up with New Year’s resolutions, as the many things that already go on in life can leave me forgetting.

I hope 2020 can be different. So many things can happen this year, especially with the 2020 elections, the potential impeachment of Trump, and the tensions with North Korea all going on.

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