Just start


Allow me to be selfish, if I may. I think I have a hidden passion for writing. I’ve never actually done anything with it. I do recall when I was taking those state-wide assessment tests back when I was in HS that I actually looked forward to the writing part. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was because I’d be allowed to use my imagination and be creative? I do recall getting lucky on a couple of those and being asked to write something that was fiction. I was (quietly) jumping out of my chair for joy! I could write about anything my little brain could think about! Those were good times (the being creative part, not the taking tests part).

Now feels right

I’m now 32½ years old and am ~7 years into my career as a web developer. I truly enjoy what I do and find that this career choice does a pretty good job of feeding both the logical + creative sides of my brain. I have used various programming languages to express logic for all these years. I think it is now time for me to use the English and/or Spanish language (however broken they both may be) to express my own thoughts.

Why do it?

I don’t pretend to be a great writer. I don’t expect to have a following of any kind. If that happens, great! I’ll have to make sure that I don’t allow any pressures at that point to derail what I write about. Till then, it is not an issue and I will write for my own self. Hopefully it’ll help me get out the many, many thoughts that come through my head on a daily basis. Hopefully it’ll allow me to communicate better as well, this includes verbally. I’ve been noticing throughout my career, especially in the past ~3 years, how crucial it is to be able to communicate. Soft skills, I believe is what this is called? I have been doing a good job in managing this, but want to be better. I don’t want to settle, I want to continue growing.

So here I am, trying to start something that I’ve never done before. Express my thoughts publicly. Think. Write. The biggest thing, really, is just to start.

NOTE: I had an inspiration for this post thanks to @tylersticka and this article he shared by Cap Watkins: Becoming a Writer

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