On parenting

I will never get bored of the intellectual stimulace of my job, but yes, I did start to yearn for something more physical. Having kids pretty much solved that desire for me. I’m now a full time roboticist and a part time cook, people mover, negotiator, lab manager, construction foreman, fitness coach, gym spotter, goalie, wanderer, professional wrestler, cleaner, etc.

I’m surprised every week by what it’s like to be a parent. I never expected it to round my life out in such a healthy way, both mentally and physically. Not just because I have offspring but because I’m doing a ton of things I haven’t done in years, decades.

Waterluvian on Hacker News

Kids aren’t exactly on my near horizon, although they’re closer than ever with my wedding this year. Compared to a few years ago, the idea has been growing on me and this is such a succinct explanation of why.

This ties in nicely to Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport – he’s a big proponent in the book of getting away from our screens and having high-quality leisure time (i.e. almost every role listed in the quote). I can see being a parent being a good catalyst for exposure to all kinds and levels of growth if you fully embrace the opportunity.

On reading

If “well-read” means “not missing anything,” then nobody has a chance. If “well-read” means “making a genuine effort to explore thoughtfully,” then yes, we can all be well-read. But what we’ve seen is always going to be a very small cup dipped out of a very big ocean, and turning your back on the ocean to stare into the cup can’t change that.

The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything