I learned how to program when I was 11, and soon after that, I decided to try my hand at writing my first game. I designed all of the graphics myself as simple sprite objects that could maneuver across the screen in 2D-shooter style, which at the time was all the rage. I never finished the game, but the experience taught me who I was meant to always be.
Time goes by and the dream of a child gets replaced with the ambition of an adult. Steps not taken. Roads not traveled. The one constant that has will always exist is that immutable dream. Each time that dream is revisited, it’s like a fountain of youth where I know I will always find my truth.
One of my favorite quotes from George R. R. Martin’s “A Dance With Dragons” was delivered to Jon Snow by Aemon Targaryen as he was assuming command of the Night’s Watch–“Kill the boy within you… Kill the boy and let the man be born.” While that being a very badass quote, over the years I’ve come to disagree with it.
Sometimes we need the dreams of childhood to remind our adult-selves why we are doing what we’re doing. Whether it’s writing software or designing a new product, as human beings it is in our soul to create. I learned this at an early age, and if you’re reading this, I suspect you did too.
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