Going at your own pace in Tech in India

The Beginning

I started coding when I was in grade 11, and I loved it. More so I loved explaining it to people. I remember explaining C++, a subject we had, to people arguably smarter than me. These people were preparing for IIT JEE from grades 8th — 10th, they could solve an ultra-complex physics or maths problem in the blink of an eye, but struggled with classes and objects in C++. I remember creating a project for the same subject, which overall just had inputs and outputs on the terminal, but I loved the process of feeding input and getting that desired output. It was such a thrill to imagine how a complex system like a company membership discount management system might work and code it in such a simple way using the basic topics we learned.

College

Now

I made it to the next level of the coding bootcamp after an interview. And I’m on the journey of relearning how to code. I’m struggling definitely, I got Covid in January, got diagnosed with PCOS recently, gained a lot of weight during the lockdown, became so inactive that climbing one (1) flight of stairs exhausts me and hurts my knees. I’ve been dealing with a painful condition of ingrown nails for 2 years, for which I’ve now had surgical procedures two different times, which has meant a painful recovery and inability to walk for days.

A wall with the text “A change may just be around the corner”

1. Let go of your failures

It’s over. It doesn’t matter anymore. You have one life, and it’s slipping away every second. There is no point in being hung up over the past. All you can do is learn from it and try not to make the same mistakes again. You might even repeat the mistakes, we’re only human after all. But let that go too.

2. Stop comparing

As I write this, I’m still thinking about that one person who wrote that one great feature’s code 1000 times better than me. Or that one person in my bootcamp who is 17 and shipping mock backends. Or that one person who is 19 and figuring out people’s bugs in a second. Or my own sister who works at Microsoft :P or…..

3. Actually code

coding screen and mug in front quoting “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

4. Take care of your health

Nothing you do will matter if your health is bad. Coding means a very inactive lifestyle but you can do small things to avoid this. Install these two extensions and follow them.
- Break Timer
- eyeCare — Protect your vision

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Bhavya Joshi

Bhavya Joshi

Hi, I’m Bhavya! I’m here to regain my sense of self. (In my Rory-Gilmore-later-seasons-era and trying to change so I’m not still stuck there in my 30s.)