It’s funny how things work out, despite all the plans we make to keep our lives in some semblance of order. “Man Plans, and God laughs” is the translation of the old Yiddish adage “Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht”. Even Robbie Williams sang “I sit and talk to God, And he just laughs at my plans”.
All this leads up to the fact that I, along with several colleagues, were given notice of redundancy about 1 month ago, totally out of the blue.
There was the usual panic regarding bailiffs imminently appearing on our doorsteps taking away our houses, cars and first-borns as we failed to keep up our mortgage and HP payments. But things calmed down and, one by one, we found new, better positions in other companies. A stressful time, but one where good things came out of it.
I treated this as an opportunity to reassess my working life in Information Technology (as a computer developer) and decided to give it up and take up a part-time job in a well-known UK do-it-yourself store, something I’d always said I’d do “when I retire”. Well, the decision to “retire” was almost made for me. If I didn’t do it now, when was I ever going to do it? 🤔 Yes, I’m still relatively young, and yes, I was going to be severely impacted financially, but money is not everything. Quality of life is paramount.
So now I work just two days a week and spend the other 5 days pottering around my workshop, deciding on what to explore next. This new journey has only just begun. At the time of writing this, I’ve only completed one day at my new job!
Hopefully, I will get into the new routine and be able to deliver more videos on all things Arduino. And, as my YouTube poll shows, 73% of you would like more articles on Raspberry Pi related topics too. Just as well that I have a few lying around then, with one of them destined to become the hub of my workshop automation project. Have you not voted yet? Click that link and have your say!
It is now very important that my YouTube channel becomes totally self-financing. Some months I get nothing from the Google Ads. This must change. You can help me: spread the word about my channel via your own blogs and forums, don’t use an ad-blocker on YouTube and generally let others know about my channel!
So, do please keep the suggestions coming for future videos; I read and consider each one I get, and whilst I can’t promise to investigate them all I do make a list of them in case I ever get stuck for ideas.
Thanks for reading and “see you in the next video!”
Things work out best for people who make the best out of the way things work out