End of Year Reflection

11/06/20182 Min Read — In Reflections

Hello friends,

We’re approaching the end of 2018, and the fall weather has put me in a state of reflection. There’s something about this weather that gets me thinking.

I’ve been remembering when I entered the tech industry for the first time.

In the beginning I was just curious, I messed around with some basic HTML and CSS to see what I could do.

Then I widened my reach and explored JavaScript for the first time. I’ll never forget how cryptic it was in the beginning. What attributed the most to my struggle in the beginning was that I couldn’t connect the dots to anything I already understood.

In other words, I couldn’t relate the idea of JavaScript to anything I had a good understanding of. The ideal of programming logic such as control flow, stored procedures...etc was foreign to me even though this idea is similar to many concepts in Mathematics.

Until that point, I’d only felt the end user experience of the web, but never took time to appreciate what happened behind the curtain.

Since I was young, I’d gradually developed a decent understanding of the internal combustion engine. I’d always had fascination with large industrial machines, car, trucks, motorcycles, or anything that was complex and made of thousands of moving parts.

I even went to the extent of building my own go-kart in my garage when I was 13 years old.

These things were easier for me to understand because I could see and feel them. I could figure out how they were put together and how each module communicated with the other.

When I was in the Army, my primary occupation was served as a mechanic, but following a short time in service, I realized I didn’t want to be a mechanic for the rest of my life.

Following my separation from active duty service in the U.S. Army, I followed my family’s footsteps and got into finance. It took me 10 years to realize I didn’t want to work in the financial services industry anymore. This realization came after my company integrated more innovations into their process.

My analog tasks were gradually becoming consumed by automation software during the same time my curiosity for Web Development started.

I embraced the change and decided I wanted to be the one writing the software instead, and that’s when my developer journey began. Fast forward several years later and here I am reflecting to you today. In closing, one of my favorite attributes of being a Web Developer is that it’s difficult to become stagnant because the industry is constantly changing. I’m in a perpetual state of learning and growing and I look forward to each day I continue to refine my craft.

That’s all I have for now.

Until next time

Daniel

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