22 Things I Learned in 2022

Another year on planet Earth has passed. This one was special as it was my 30th trip around the sun. I thought it would be fun to write a few things down that I have learned in this past year. Some insights of my year are listed below, split up into several categories. Enjoy.


1 — Looking forward to weekends is a red flag on different levels. It shows you’re exhausted, take a proper break.

2 — It’s okay to love going to work. In fact: it’s exciting to be excited for work.

3 — Take at least two weeks holidays to truly disconnect from work.

4 — Find a mentor that allows you to fail forward.


5 — Don’t create for an audience. Create for yourself, to let it out of your system. Make cool sh*t, as often as possible.

6 — Sleep is a gift. Do it more often. Especially naps; they’re just freakin’ awesome.

7 — No one cares that you’re 30. You’re too old to be young, you’re too young to be old.

8 — It’s okay to make mistakes. Obviously. But this counts on all topics, even difficult and personal ones. Talk, learn, grow.

9 — It’s okay to take selfies. In truth, no one cares.

10 — You can’t really choose what you like and dislike. Don’t be ashamed of your passion; Own it, love it, savour it.

11 — Trust your gut instinct.

12 — Try try try more. Results will come, eventually.

13 — Taking care of your (mental) health early on. It’s never too early to start.

14 — When launching yourself into a new sport, start the habit of going before you focus too much on the sport itself.

15 — Be flexible, in everything. Things rarely go according to plan. The journey is what’s important.


16 — 37% of the world’s population, 2.9 billion people, have never used the Internet. (source)

17 — People who grew up in the era of black and white movies mostly reported dreaming in black and white. (source)

18 — The famous green Matrix Code actually comes from a sushi recipe. (source)

19 — The Eiffel Tower is 15cm taler during the summer. (source)

20 — Australia is wider than the moon. (source)

21 — Psycho is the first movie ever to feature a flushing toilet. (source)

22 — Yoda was modelled after the appearance of Albert Einstein. (source)

On to 2023!
– Q

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