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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.

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  2. Kat French
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    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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