What my hobby taught me about finding my career passion

A little background on myself. I’m currently a QA intern from Toronto (Go Raptors!) who aims to have a career in the coding world cause I just simply love coding, more so with the front-end side.

I like to study front-end stuff using any resource that I can get my hands on such as (Udemy, Coursera, FreeCodeCamp, CodeAcademy, Treehouse, Code.org, Codepen.io)

PS: If you know other ones, feel free to comment them below, thanks!

I went to college just like the normal folks out there but I made terrible decisions as a student which I terribly wish to correct but of course I can’t. Needless to say, because of those decisions, I’m currently at a place where I can definitely give myself a smack on the head in those days.

Long story short, I was at the time jobless, dream-less, passion-less, and just an overall anime addict.

I gave up. I gave up on getting a decent job, skills, and myself, but there was one thing I couldn’t stop doing. That was playing basketball.

Basketball was my go to hobby, I literally had days where I was shaking to play basketball. That’s how much I loved to play it.

Let’s not get any misconceptions here, I’m a short 5 foot 9 kid around 200 pounds who only has enough vertical to barely jump over a snail and nothing else. I wasn’t even good at it.

Basketball in itself, is actually a huge logic exercise, plus the smell and the sweat. If you wrote a flowchart for the game of basketball, you would probably end up with a decent looking flowchart that you can use to write a fun little program.

After realizing this, I looked for ways to play with logic and I ended up pursuing coding because of the relationship between the logic and it dawned on me that…

I suck at it, I really, really suck at it.

It took me a long 3 years just to get the basics down and some other few years to get on where I am now (which still isn’t even much really, at least I’m somewhere and I love it!).

For the longest time since I started doing something, I felt that burning desire in me to just conquer it. In short, I am no longer that kid without a dream and without desire, I am no longer that kid who gave up on himself.

What my hobby taught me about the career I’m aiming for is that:

you know you’re doing what you are supposed to be doing when you cannot find the excuses to not do it.

Don’t be afraid to try things out, don’t let others tell you that, this hobby of yours does not match what you should be doing because only you know what you are capable of. Your hobby might be the link between your passion and your career.

Whoever is reading this, thank you for taking the time! This is my first post, so please feel free to give me some feedback and criticisms! I would love to have some!