I always liked the amazing The Road Not Taken.
I find myself identifying with the feeling of introspect and thoughts this poem conveys.
After a long time of walking the beaten track I am finally taking the other road.
More than 20 years ago, I started programming as a kid because I wanted to make computer games. Somehow, when it was time to start my “real world” career, I just took the first job that accepted me (which was the first job I applied for). My other career choice were no more inspired than my first one.
I never stopped learning and reading about programming but found it very hard to maintain personal projects while having a day job and a family.
Now, in a daring move, I left my job to pursue my heart’s desires. My wife and I calculated that we can carry on (we have 2 kids) for almost a year without income. So my plan for the next year is to explore all the interesting stuff that went on while I was hibernating in not so fun jobs.
This is what I want to do:
- Get involved in an interesting open source project
- Create a cool web site as a base for experimenting with web technologies. I am currently experimenting with Django
- Make games with all kinds of gaming technologies and platforms. I created a prototype with Corona SDK and I really liked working with it. Right now I am working on an IntelliJ IDEA plugin that will aid developing Corona projects in IDEA.
- Publish my adventures in this blog
Hopefully, after one year I will be able to use my newly acquired skills to create a reasonable income.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.