Passion In Learning, Trumped By Priorities
In general I prefer to write posts on a specific subject. It’s late and I need to get to sleep, so here are three seemingly unrelated thoughts.
1. Learn From Scratch
I love learning, I really do. But sometimes I forget how much I really love it and choose to coast. I’ve spent a fair amount of time playing with open source projects but have never really written much from the ground up. Tonight I put together my first functioning Angular JS app. It was a struggle and will continue to be one. But the feeling of seeing it in action is great. (Don’t worry, you’ll get to read more about this project as it progresses. Like all of my current projects, it will be a slow process since my top priorities are my family, health and job.) I recommend that you choose something to learn and really learn it. It’s the same feeling that excites children when they begin to explore and experience.
2. Health > Passion
After watching my app come to life I felt the greatest temptation to keep going. But it’s late and I have responsibilities. I was supposed to workout tonight, but I didn’t. I was supposed to help my wife clean tonight, but I didn’t. I want to continue coding, but I can’t. Not because I lack the energy, but because it’s not right. I need to get up early tomorrow to clean up the mess I should have cleaned this evening and to workout. Plus, I need energy to concentrate at work so I can do the best job I can. After all, that’s what they’re paying me to do.
3. Stick to Your Goals
I created a goal of maintaining a blog for a certain amount of time. This post is helping to fulfill that goal. Yes, I do need to run to bed. But if I don’t write this tonight, I’m not going to write it tomorrow. And you know how busy I am based on the paragraphs above. We don’t find time, we make time.