Work Notes #18

The last two weeks have been a crazy ride, packed with things to cross off my list and highly emotional moments. However, I want to use this work note to reflect a bit on the most crazed couple of months in my life.

2019 has been a year of change. I began in a new position in my company, moved into a new apartment, started my master’s degree at Hyper Island, and a longterm relationship ended. In just a short period, my life turned upside down.

Today, the Hyper Island experience (kind of) ended. It was the last day of the final module. Yes, it was exhausting to study and work full-time at the same time. And yes, the program also contributed to this general feeling of insanity.

But also, this experience changed me more than anything else in the last decade. Although it was stressful at times, more than once, the learnings helped me deal with the challenges I faced in my personal or work environment.

I had the great privilege of getting to know a fantastic group of people from all around the world. They were amazingly generous with their knowledge, shared their passion. All I can hope for is that I could also inspire them from time to time as they did it for myself.

Then, Covid-19 hit the world and ripped us of the opportunity to see each other physically. No more nights out in London’s dingy pubs, where pints got emptier but the talks more in-depth by the minute. However, we pulled together and made the most out of the situation. I can safely say: Without Hyper Island, the current state of uncertainty would have felt much more overwhelming.

Now, there’s still a lot of work ahead of me: Another research activity, a short specialisation project, and – of course – the industry research project, the equivalent of the master thesis.

And there will be a wrap-up weekend, where we hopefully see each other again, drink and laugh, and probably shed some tears together. It will be a proper ending, a good arrival at the end of our journey. Or maybe, hopefully, just a quick rest in our lives that stay connected in a weird but glorious way.

I am still amazed by the intensity, the creativity, the empathy, the trust, and the depth of relationships we created. I feel blessed, honoured, and deeply grateful for a lifetime’s worth of memories and everything we’ve been through together.