Into 2022

Rishon Patani
2 min readJan 15, 2022


Since the pandemic, I have been constantly feeling that time just… flies. Suddenly all those ‘memories’ notifications from Google Photos seem more than a couple of years old, yet feel so fresh within.

Last year, after reading Atomic Habits, I was sold into the concept of building healthy routines and I thought I’d finally found the doorway to cure my procrastination problem. Needless to say, after the initial excitement to write, things faded away quickly. It’s been almost 6 months out and life has never felt so directionless to me. In hindsight, I lost the zeal, ignored what I learnt, and was back to square one. It’s pretty ironic to think about replacing ‘habits’ with new ones. After all it’s a damn habit you’re trying to lose or build.

Looking back, there’s been quite few notable things that happened to me in 2021.

  • Got promoted at work which I honestly am not excited about.
  • Started running. From barely being able to run 1km to 10 km, that was honestly something I had never thought of doing.
  • Got out of shape towards the year and finally became sane enough to join the gym back. I realised that I truly enjoy working out and when you make up excuses like ‘home workouts are good enough’ or ‘just running is enough’, the mind does the extra work of cornering you further.
  • Travelled for about 2 weeks to a place that isn’t less than a dream — Spiti Valley. Plan to write on this in future articles. There’s a lot to contemplate after this trip.
  • Improved my investing game. Learnt a bit more about business, financials, and gathered conviction to put a major chunk of my bank balance in equities. There’s still a lot to learn here but more on this later.

I don’t think any of these events above really stand out. There’s lot of the other time has been a void or a period of disinterest that won’t fit in the next 500 words. This is not Instagram, and reality is often daunting.

Some learnings which I have after a lot of contemplation, and which sound really simple but are hard to inculcate.

  • Our ability to do things is infinite. It’s only are mind that limits us or tell us to give up. This is pretty much long distance running.
  • Second one is there is no substitute to hard work. Period.
  • Finding your calling is hard. Instead just leverage your current position to explore more. Use my job as a means to fund my interests, travel, investments.
  • Consume less and create more content.

I know a lot of things above easier said than done. And I understand this write up isn’t fancy. This is more of my desperation to start writing back, start making myself credible again, and to finally do all the things that I know are right.

See you next week, hopefully.
15 Jan’22