Jack of all trades, master of…?

Joe Dirt said it best, man:

Without a doubt one of the greatest thinkers of our time, right?

Sometimes it feels like there are so many things in life that we want to do that we can become overwhelmed with them all and never really get around to making any sort of impact or effort with any of them. I know I’m certainly guilty of this. I hang my hat on the fact that my interests are so varied and that I have so many of them! I think to some degree that that’s what life’s about; doing and trying everything that interests you even a little bit in an effort to live a life that means something to you.

For instance, I make it a point to include writing, painting, music, coding, lifting and so much more because my life feels a lot more empty without them. But as I said, this can often feel extremely overwhelming. When we have so many things we want to get done, how do we prioritize any of them?

As I type it now, I realize there are two important ways to look at this issue:

  1. Maybe it’s not about always getting things “done”, but rather enjoying the ride of simply doing them.
  2. You must simply choose. Whatever excites you the most in this moment, run and work toward it with everything inside you. Don’t let anything stop you.

Now, there is a tie in here when it comes to coding, programming, software development, or whatever you want to term whatever it is that we do. In the modern landscape, it seems there is a new framework, library, technology, etc coming out before we can catch our breath. Seventy-five friggin’ JavaScript libraries later, and you can see what I mean.

Personally, I think nothing would make me happier than to be a game developer. To have people received joy from the games I make the way I’ve been receiving joy from them all the way back when I was playing them with my Aunt Joy (seems a recurring theme, eh?). But I also have current projects like my final project for Coding Temple, a personal website, further study in Python and JavaScript and others. All of these keep me from following my heart and working inside of GameMaker Studio, studying Unity and lua…

So how do I spin all these plates? What do I do next? I guess I should go after whatever it is that brings me joy. So should you. Dig it.