So I think that I am a chilled out person who rarely gets angry. But something recently made me extremely angry and disappointed. DrupalEurope was the event I was looking forward to attending and it would have been my first ever International Conference. So totally excited, I submitted my session about how someone can be a community leader and can organise a DrupalCamp in their city/ town/ state or country. The session was based on my experience and learnings from the DrupalCamp Goa which I led along with my team early this year.
Voila, after a few weeks I received an email stating that my session got selected for DrupalEurope. It was a big deal for me as that was my first session submission and session acceptance.
But sadly I had to step back and inform the organisers about my inability to attend the conference.
So here is the thing. I rarely depend on anyone whether it is the organisation I work with or people around me to help me out as seeking favours is just not me - but this was personal, a big learning in disguise. Due to my sheer inability to sponsor myself to attend the DrupalEurope and deliver my session opened my eyes wide open.
I introspected, retrospected and concluded that I am doing my finances wrongly and I am not putting too much thoughts (i am but still) in allocating the budget for activities which will lay different levels of impact on my life either personally or professionally.
So, here I am, having a budget allocated specifically for *unexpected activities* which will have profound impact on me either personally or professionally. A fixed percentage of 20% of my earnings will go directly into it.
Academia holds another 20% as I believe that in your 20s you should invest significant amount of money in educating yourself.
So yeah, as a reader - besides my rant, I urge you all readers to have this kind of budget for yourself as well.
That one thing can prevent situations like that.