A little bit of envy
Envy, maybe not the right word for this post. But it’s the first thing that popped up in my mind.
Everyone who reads my blog occasionally might have already read the posts about my visit to Canada.
Let me tell you a different angle of that story.
For the past couple of years I have been (and still am) in a relationship with this amazing guy. He was part of the talented Mr.Henry team for 4 years as a full stack developer. He always has an interest in learning new and groundbreaking technologies and programming languages. So he learned things like Go, Rust and Elixir. After those four years and many cool projects he felt the need to grow as a developer and discover new grounds.
I was surprised, but he left his job at Mr.Henry and started searching for his next challenge.
After some time he came in contact with MetaLab. A company some of you might know due their work for Slack, Coinbase,… And after a couple of talks he got hired!
So yep my boyfriend, who I look up to, was hired by this amazing company. It always felt like something far away. And suddenly it was real.
And from that moment both our lives changed. Working remotely and for a company based in a timezone with a 9hour difference isn’t always a picnic. Well, especially if you both work remote but on different timezones. It can take some time to get adjusted to. But at the same time opportunities opened up.
One of those opportunities is that the people at MetaLab asked him if he wanted to visit the HQ in Victoria, Canada. And he asked me to come along with him! :) They thought it was a wonderful idea and so we started planning.
In March 2016 the time to travel to Victoria was finally there, I was feeling so excited! We stayed there for 2 weeks, in this charming city with a lot of hipster coffee spots, tons of Cherry blossom trees and rocky beaches covered with pieces of flotsam.
And we both had a wonderful time, thanks to the people of MetaLab that invited us over and thanks to all the people we hung out with for board game nights, drinks and dinner and just occasional chats.
Thanks to everyone that made us feel very welcome!
So back to the reason where I chose the word envy.
So sometimes I catch myself of being a little bit jealous of my boyfriend, because he is part of this amazing company, with even more amazing people. And also because I was able to make this trip because of him. It sometimes makes me feel so dull… And it’s not just since he started working at MetaLab, even when working at Mr.Henry I already felt this way, now just a little more than before.
When I look at him I see someone that knows what he wants to do, or at least he knows it a lot better than I know.
Sometimes I even feel like I have lost all sense of direction and then I get frustrated that I am not more like him.
So this is my way of saying that I look up to him and “I wanna be more like you when I grow up”.