An Epic Beat-down of Critical Inner Self

A great write-up from a 56-year-old cool dude who decided to start learning to code:

I’m 56 years old and learning to code.

Why? Because I love it. And I’ve got a knack for it.

That doesn’t mean it’s easy. It’s hard. And that’s OK.

I love losing myself in an algorithm challenge. I love squeezing in a few extra minutes testing just one more thing. I love thinking “maybe I’ve got it this time.” And getting to “Yes! It finally works!”

But here’s the thing. I’ve never been one for hobbies. I don’t like activities that don’t pay. I can’t keep on doing something simply for the fun of it.

What I work on during my off time has to have some economic upside for me.

OK, coding pays. It can pay big. So what’s the problem?

Well, before I could fully embrace myself as a 56-year-old programming rookie, I had to deal with my Critical Inner Self (let’s call him CIS for short).

Learning all this stuff is hard enough without my CIS whispering in my ear the whole time.

If I can give my CIS an epic beat-down, then I should be able to handle anyone who appears to work on his behalf. And these agents of CIS often appear out of no where, asking critical questions.

/via freeCodeCamp at Medium/

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