The only thing I can say, beyond these pictures all look the same to me, is that programming is best done with the glare.
Dear Aspiring Developers,
In my first year of learning and programming, it wasn't uncommon for me to start my day in the office at 8:00am writing code, and when I got off work at 5pm, to go home and sit at my computer until midnight before preparing for bed so that I could wake up and start all over again.
This was at a time when my child was 4 years old. To be clear, I made sure some of my projects were for her and that allowed me to spend time with my intended user. Not only did that give me valuable UX experience, but it gave me quality time with my kid.
One evening, my mom called to talk, and this 4-year-old child answered the phone. "Oh, daddy's doing his favorite thing ever....computer 'gramming." Yeah, Life will make reasonable requests of you. Requests you would have to be irresponsible to blow off. You have to figure out how to work it all in...or yeah...the dream dies.
Many of us have been there. We had a plan. We began executing it. Then <insert life event> happened. Some of us are unfortunate enough to have this happen more than once.
Please do not highlight every time this happened in your professional life when you are in an interview. Anyone who professes to follow Agile principles understands that plans change. Focus instead on what you learned from the experience. Your life is hopefully a progression of moving on. The most successful people in the world move on when their current activities stop having a higher ROI than other things they can do.
There is a reason I encourage you in your aspirations. From my own experience, which is admittedly relative to me, it is worth it. This is my truth. What's yours?
The blue line is Quality of Life. And yes, I have my <insert life event> moments. One thing I noticed is that I forgot to put the pandemic on here, but as you can see from the chart, its impact on my life was minimal.
Thank you for reading, following, and connecting with me. You're an inspiration just the way you are.
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