This post is a first of a series of somewhat personal posts. This will not be about Machine Learning in particular, nor will it be about science, but rather about scientists, their life and their quest for happiness.
I often find that rationalizing situations or events that one is going through helps a lot. It introduces (at least for me) a distance between oneself and the event, making it an object of scientific investigation rather than some inescapable fate.
This is why I intend to write this post and the few others that will follow. Indeed, having started my career as a scientist in academia, I am now working for a private company which does not quite coincide with my initial goals (or dreams if you will), but the more I think about it (and rationalize it), the more I find myself comfortable and happy about this situation.
Talking about all this surely comes from a selfish interest: psychologists would tell you that it does you good to speak about your problems. But on the other hand, I sincerely hope that these few thoughts will help those who may going through the same kind of questioning...