Mani was one of my friends who was very open about his story and was actively working to help others. I learned so much raw stories form him - the storeis that never got broadcasted on media. I followed his social media feed as a way for me to know what's happening in immigration policies and what to prepare for.
I admire his bravely.
This Web Advent project is a low-key bring-your-own-blog-post operation, but I specifically asked Mani if he could refrect on things that happended last year. He put together a breatutiful post. I hope you take time to read his story.
P.S - damn Mani, I wish I could write words as elegantly as you do.
Read the Post
What is one tool you can't leave at home in order to do your work ?
My laptop, my Oh My Zsh! setup, babel.js and my trusty fidget cube!
What did you learn in 2017 ?
I learned that I too can thrive in stressful, fast-paced environments if I work with clarity and intent. Realizing that everyone else around me is going through similar struggles at work in the face of deadlines, while trying to maintain good quality of code and clear lines of communication helped me overcome intimidation and turn threats into opportunities for growth. I learned that I am more than ready and able to dip my toes in new languages, paradigms and frameworks, and I am fully capable of becoming an effective contributor using new tools and languages if I put my mind into it. In short, nothing is out of reach!
What do you want to learn/work on/improve in 2018?
I'm very much looking forward to expanding my skillset to mediums outside of the web. Creative coding with a focus on VR & AR is the main area where I can't wait to explore and experiment with in more depth.