A while back I wrote I love writing code! in which I talked about the fact that am not ashamed of the fact that I love writing code. Software development is my passion and I am blessed enough to be able to do it for a living. The other side of that coin is I am not my code. I am must more than a professional code monkey.
These days I
- Attend my church
- Date my wife
- Mentor my kids
- Help build the PHP community by speaking at conferences and user groups
- Shoot my pistols
- Scuba Dive and help others learn to Scuba Dive
- …and much more
I am a much more rounded person than just a software developer, and that’s a good thing. Yes, my passion is still writing code and yes, there are nights when I’m up at midnight still tweaking that last little feature. (I’m getting old, it used to be 2 AM) But I do so much more.
It is OK to be passionate about software development but you will be doing yourself a favor if you cultivate an interest that is away from your keyboard. Not only will you put yourself in a different environment, you will work with people that do not have a computer-centric point of view. This reason alone makes it worth the effort. You will be amazed at how different the real world is once you get out of your tech bubble.
Get out from behind the computer and beyond the keyboard; get out there and get a life!
Until next time,
I <3 |<