(everything starts with an idea, and before every idea is a feeling)
Last year I heard “Code Monkey” for the first time, and it made me so sad that I seriously considered changing majors. I decided to channel my feelings into a story, and the story was well-received.
A month later I was feeling a little better, so I wrote a story about being happy. Everyone hated it, including the professor, and I decided that writing probably wasn’t for me, either, because I wouldn’t want to do something where feeling sad makes you better.
When I was young I used to think about law, but someone told me that there are too many lawyers and in order to get a job you have to have gone to a top law school. Even then you’ll accumulate lots of debt, and you’ll have to pay it back by working for a big corporation. So if you originally came to do good, you’ll end up doing bad. It’s the only way.
Some of my programming friends made fun of pre-med students, saying “pre-med” should be renamed “unemployed until 30.” But I knew this programmer who never knew a thing about his son because he would come home late every day, tired and overworked.
People tell me I should just try to get program #3 working. That’s an important assignment, after all.
We can leave these feelings for another day.