You, yes you, are my hero. I don’t know you, but you have helped to keep my family safe. I am physician resident this year, aka my intern year. Much of the news focuses on those not wearing masks, not social distancing, and the political leaders and individuals behind the spread of this disease. So I need to get this off my chest, not enough is said about the countless number of people who have sacrificed towards trying to slow the spread.
I appreciate every sacrifice, every missed opportunity, every missed dream, every canceled vacation, every lonely holiday and birthday, every missed school event, every moment of insanity from social isolation, and every moment of self-restraint you have shown. Social isolation via solitary confinement is considered one of the cruelest forms of punishment you can put on someone. Although not entirely the same, many of you have chosen to face isolation to protect healthcare workers, family members, the elderly, and strangers you have never met. Many of you go to work (or work from home), and then turn down social opportunities for this cause. Only you know the depth and extent of your sacrifice, and to you I tip my hat. It makes the fear of going to work every day and knowing that I could accidentally bring something home that could kill my family much more bearable. Thank you for wearing masks, following guidelines and being a great example to others.
I know you are discouraged at the recent surges despite your best efforts. I know you feel cheated as you see others not willing to make the same sacrifice. You are the “helpers” that Mr. Rogers spoke of to look for during times of tragedy. The times “person of the year” may be directed towards essential workers, but I want you to know that I consider you part of these essential workers. You are the type of people that would sacrifice their life for a higher cause. You are the ones that have helped the pandemic become less worse than it would have been. Thank you. Please reach out and stay connected with others. Please get help for your mental health if it has taken a toll on you to make such a sacrifice.
TL/DR: I'm tired of all the focus on those not helping the cause. Those who have been quarantining since March are my personal heroes and you may never know how much it has meant to me and my family.
Edit: Thanks for the awards but you are the heroes that deserve them :) Also, I do understand people have to work and should work. I... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm 20 years in and most of my career I've worked at medium or large finance companies. Your run of the mill, development teams, admins, operators taking care of a servers and workstations. Two or three datacenters, some cloud stuff and SAAS. And years of great technology ideas piled on with systems hooked together every which way. I thought I was pretty good at my job.
I was humbled quick. After orientation I was put on a project involving Kubernetes being scaled at levels far beyond anything I've worked with. Well we ran into an issue so I'm searching the docs and finally chat with someone on my team for help. He is like ping so and so he'll figure it out. I'm like, Does he know Kubernetes? He sends me a link where the guy was a core part of Docker and went on to help build Kubernetes and other stuff. And it like side projects for him. It's not just Kubernetes but everything here, there seems to be developers (there a 1000s of dev) who's wrote code in every major application and worked at all the big tech giants. Most these guys have degrees from MIT, or Berkley, or some big foreign university majoring in comsci or math or similar field.
I'm my corner of the company, devops we are always right on the edge. New stuff coming out and we are working on deploying it the next day. Which is a lot of fun. But it's like this place is so far ahead of the jobs I worked at before. Everything I did at old jobs was assigned to a project, or tracked in some "Insert ITIL buzzword" system. It could take a year to upgrade a 1000 servers in two datacenters or decide on a new piece of software. Here we are upgrading a 1000 servers a day across 100 locations, completely automated. Old jobs, DR is a yearly event where everyone is holding their breath praying the system doesn't die when we move, and it's never a move without something missed. Here DR is an hour exercise every month where we move the entire datacenters workload to another site. Our measure of success is 0 lost packets and less then .1% latency. And breaking stuff is thrown in to test the system.
Here's another good one. There is an open source database that has a vulnerability, found by our testers. The architects called the group that maintains the software to get an idea how long it would take to fix. 3-6 months was their response. That is not acceptable. Three days later the devs are testing a hotfix, the following week we are deploying it.
It still blows me away how far ahead th... keep reading on reddit ➡
Anyone like me who uses the chromium-browser package from your distro and relies on syncing to normal Google Chrome may want to consider moving to the full Google Chrome, or switching to another browser such as Firefox or Edge with their own Sync Support.
I had this thought yesterday and it was seriously motivating.
At the end of December I was seeing posts from people saying they started their journeys in October and have lost 10, 15, even 20+ pounds. October feels like it was just yesterday to me - and that could have been me posting that today I am so much closer to where I want to be because I started then, but I didn’t take the necessary action.
As of January 1st, I’m committed to being the person in March who is fitter, healthier, happier, and closer to the person I’m trying to become. 90 days of commitment could jumpstart a healthy new chapter with benefits that last far beyond 2021.
You’ll see me again in 3 months, 15 pounds down!
EDIT: Thank you all so much for the encouragement and for sharing your stories! I will make a follow up post on 3/31 so we can discuss our progress - I’m aiming to hit my first goal weight of 174lbs by then! Good luck everyone and thank you again for your support, I love this community!