We have a saying in Mexico: “No andaba andaba “>muerto, andaba de parranda”, which is roughly equivalent to: “he wasn’t dead, he was just out partying”. I haven’t written in some weeks, but there is, I think, a good reason for it: I was out partying…
No, really, I just joined a citizen action group called “Ciudad para Todos” (City for All). We’re a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a healthier city through increased use alternative transportation like bicycle and public transport as opposed to the car-centric view of modern life. Aaanyway, the first couple of months working with this group have been particularly intense and taking up a lot of my free time. But I’ve decided I have to also commit to my blog as I am also an engineer, and this is what this post is about.
How do you define yourself, as engineer? As an “also engineer”? As an engineer and ‘x’? I have always had trouble with the idea of describing who I am, because I consider myself to be too many things, and I like it like that. I like to see myself as some sort of musician and some sort of writer. I also see myself as a free-thinker, an avid reader, a coffee addict. I will probably even be a family man some day (who knows, right?) When I was in college I had a lot of friends doing the social work thing. I was drawn to it, but considered my studies too important to do it. I was also doing an internship that eventually got me a part-time job that eventually got me my first full-time engineer job. I was career oriented, and still am, but I always felt I sacrificed a bit too much by doing so. On the other side of the equation, I also know people who definitely did more engineering than me during college. After almost 5 years of having finished college I came to the conclusion that I need to start doing stuff to change my contribution to life, because essentially I would implode if I didn’t. I am not JUST and engineer and this is just part of me. Some people have the drive to come home and start programming a random, self-motivated embedded software project. I admire them a lot, cause I don’t. When I come home I have the drive to grab the guitar and pluck at it for a couple of hours, that’s just who I am. I also am worried about the environment and how irrationally my city is growing, so I went and joined a group that is trying to change things.
I believe the world is made up of different types of people. I know that, because of my engineering training, I can satisfactorily do engineering work and be good at it. Yet, I don’t see myself as just that person. Some people are more of the just-engineer type, I know my brother spends more hours per day programming than me, some people are better suited for that. How about you? What type of engineer are you?