Unlike every birthday, this year I don’t feel like kicking and screaming against growing.

Age is definitely not showing on me, I mean how many 22 yr olds have acne problems! Though looks wise I peaked when I was 5 years old and its been downhill ever since.

So how was my 22nd trip around the Sun? Pretty eventful I must say.

1. Lived through a torturous semester in Pilani as the old man surrounded by unrecognizable faces. I realized I don’t really thrive in change as much as I thought I would.

2. Spent two crazy weeks in Denmark and later Sweden hanging out with passionate climate change activists. December in Scandinavia is something.

3. Meeting four wingies and friends from Pilani in Brussels told me I’ll never have to worry about being lonely in most western countries.

4. Grew a big pair of balls to take a decision that its best not to work in the renewable energy sector in India for now and gave up a well paying job offer. At least I was certain the job would have bored me in a few months. Sigh… I might just come back to this post in 5 years and curse that I’m still unable to earn as much as I would have right out of college. But thankfully my brain doesn’t work that ways, at least not yet.

5. Starting a company with some of the best people I could find. Its lucky that they are all my friends and that would make starting up a little less painful and lot more fun.

6. Losing my grandmother a few weeks back. This hurt a lot more than I imagined.

7. I wrote a lot and made real good money doing that. Not that I still don’t find writing very painful, just that I’ve learnt to ignore it.

8. Interning as a research assistant in a genetics lab working on similar stuff that my 8th and 9th standard science projects were about. I didn’t think this childhood dream would ever come true, but it accidentally did. And I’m now proud to have contributed one tiny thing to furthering our understanding of the world. Its incredible that all I really wanted to be was a geneticist as a kid and I finally got that chance.

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