All about 2022: New Job, Tournament, & Anxiety

Shubham Bhatt
5 min readDec 31, 2022


Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Reflection who?

Reflection 2022.

Oh, it’s that time of the year already.

The time when I see the year as a whole, the highs & the lows, things that went well, and things that didn’t go so well.

So, let’s dive in with a quick summary of how my year has been.

“In terms of my career, the second half of this year has been rewarding. I learned a lot, pushed myself outside of my comfort zone, and experienced a new atmosphere. There have been turbulences from the perspective of the general mental condition, but gradually, everything seem to be falling into place, slowly but surely.”

Overall a mixed year.

Just in case if you are interested in reading the previous year in reviews, here are those: 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

Major Wins

Documentary feature

Still from documentary

The udaan team made the decision to commission a documentary for design @ udaan at the beginning of this year. I also had the opportunity to appear in that. It has always been a goal of mine to appear in such documentary and that is ticked now.

Link to the documentary here.

2. A new job

New company — Quizizz

Having spent close to 3 years in my previous job, this year was the time when I felt the need to make a move, and with a gruesome process of looking for what I wanted, and finding a perfect match, I was finally able to get to a comfortable place.

I have written about my job-hunting experience here. It made me learn a lot about myself.

How do I perform under pressure? How to balance things out? Dealing with imposter syndrome and everything in between.

Also, I am extremely grateful for the fact that I did not get affected by any recessions/layoffs in these tough times.


Palghar Vipassana Center

Vipassana meditation course.

Always wanted to try this out and got a chance to do a 10 days course. Quite an experience. However, since it was so rigorous, the downside of which is that I don’t do it often now.

Maybe felt like an overdose of it. But in all, a really good experience, and got answers to quite a lot of questions.

The main learning was to look within and maintain a state of equanimity.

I have written more about my experiences here.

Back to badminton + Body vitals

This year I had a goal to get my cholesterol and other off track vitals to be on track and I was fairly successful in doing so.

Still a long way to go but made significant progress.

As I look into my booking history, I booked ~124 sessions on Fitso which means 124 hours of badminton which is logged. I played badmintion apart from that as well. So, in all it would be around, 150+ hours.

And do you know I played my first badminton tournament (Doubles) as well. Reached semifinals. Quite a good start.

DesignUp volunteer


I remember the first time I went to the DesignUp conference, I wondered how one could volunteer for this?

Fast forward to 2022, I volunteered at this humongous design event, and boy what an experience it was.

I have written more about it here.

Back to code

Functional version of the extension.

Always wanted to tick this off my list.

Coded an extension which brings out all the bookmarks in a persistent new tab. Now, I organise all my day 2 day work links as folders.

Haven’t unlocked its full potential yet but great to see something that you have built and use on a daily basis.

New rented place

Since the onset of pandemic, we (me and my friend) were living off a place that we outgrew sooner but the BLR rental market is as such that you can’t get things right. But this year, we shifted to a new place and a lot of basic things got sorted. Can’t be more grateful for this.

Improvement areas

Weight loss

I was at 68, came down to 65, and then end of the year, I am back at 67.

Took a lot of courses but couldn’t finish all of them.

Guessing need a better strategy for it.

Managing anxiety

This year I dealt with a lot of anxiety. I could have gone to a therapist sooner.

Social media, blogs, and projects

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Installs: 12,040

Grateful to these people for being in my life

Family and extended family, Abhishek, Mridul, D, Shubham S. and Akshat.

Books I read

There aren’t a lot of books I read this year but the following:

  • Almanack of Naval Ravikant
  • Die with Zero (Currently reading)

Biggest realizations of this year:

  • You suffer more in imagination than reality.
  • Good sleep fixes 90% of the issues.
  • Look for internal validation, not external.
  • The only way to bridge the taste vs skill gap is to practice the inputs which are enhancing your taste then and there.
  • You cannot go wrong with sports.
  • Don’t play status games, ever.

What I consumed:

Vlogs: Saurav Joshi, Negi and Family, Flying beast, Pawan Pahadi, Himanchal wala.

One thing that I realized late is that the vlogs are not contributing to anything in my life. One of the goals for next year is to minimize the consumption of these.

Entertainment: Tanmay Bhat, Modern Family

What next?

Building products | Working on craft | Focusing on health | Working on Anxiety.

See you on the other side of 2023. Manifesting a great year ahead for you all.