Why you would want to program at fifty (or any other age)

Posted: May 23, 2013 Comments

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I love this piece! I was asked recently in an interview whether I pictured myself doing what I’m doing now in 5, 10, 20 years. I’ve been asked that question before but for some reason it really hit home with me this time. We’re told all our lives that we need to plan for the future and make strides towards goals we’ve set. For some reason I kept that notion in my mind as something for everyone else to focus on, that it didn’t apply to my circumstance specifically.

I don’t consider myself shortsighted, but truthfully it’s the best way to describe how I approach my work life. I’ve never been in a situation that presented a corporate ladder to climb as the years went on. The idea of spending 40 years at a single company was lost generations ago, and the only thing I really concentrate on (when it comes to work) is the now.

I love coming into work every day. I don’t want to make it sound like Candyland because there are hard days and frustrating days and days I’d rather sit home and watch Netflix to no end. But I love it. The idealist says to follow your dreams, your passion, and do what you want to be doing, and that’s my boat right now. What I can’t do though, is confirm that my mind will be in the same spot 5, 10, or even 2 years from now. I guess I’m a bit selfish in saying that I’m doing what I’m doing because I want to be doing it now. That position prevents me from having a solid grasp on whether I’ll be doing it in 50 years because honestly I have absolutely no idea. And that’s okay.

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