While looking for a topic to write about I stumbled upon a particularly relevant question:
When you were 16, what did you think your life would look like? Does it look like that? Is that a good thing?
I have to say, no I didn’t imagine at 16 that I’d be at Carnegie Mellon finishing up a degree in Information Technology. I’d always fancied myself an artist and likely would have expected that I’d have written a book by this time. Overall, however, as a kid I just expected success. I don’t know why it is as adults we come to expect failure or obstacles rather than results and success. People pontificate risks rather than rewards. It’s striking to me, but it gives me a chance to reflect and otherwise alter my perspective.
Things I planned to do as a kid:
-Author an award winning novel
-Build a popular video game
These are two things with the right background anyone can do. Thankfully for the second one I’ve got a leg up being the programmer that I am. Doing such things mean I must juggle time between my school work, research, and my dreams (notice I didn’t put a social life…. we’ll have to find somewhere to put that.).