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    When I was eight I saw my first personal computer. At that moment I decided I wanted to be a programmer.

    My initial interest was in writing games. I started with text-based games and progressed through ASCII-art dungeon crawls and ended with sprite-based games. That was when I realized I didn’t want to do games because they were ridiculously hard. I moved on to creating various utilities for everything from tracking my comic books to AD&D 2nd Edition character generators. This stuck with me a bit better and I decided I liked data management.

    I went to college and quickly realized I wasn’t going to learn anything really new. There were some techniques and terminology, but there wasn’t anything patently new. Fast forward two decades and I have been getting paid to do my hobby for the last twenty years. Doing my hobby as a job killed a lot of the joy for me.

    Now I’m pursuing my passion for cooking. Having had my programming joy crushed already I am approaching it much more methodically. Doing what you love is great, but you have to make sure that doing it doesn’t kill your love for it. I am sure I will earn a living in the culinary field but I am taking a long time figuring out how to do that on my own terms.

  2. Kat French

    Charles, I’ve seen how you are being very methodical with your culinary training, and protective of the joy you find in it (the Art Institute incident comes to mind). I think we have to guard our joy. It’s a gift, and when you lose it, I think it’s incredibly difficult to recapture.


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