Over the past few years, my skills have stagnated. While I’m mostly talking about web development here, it’s also true with photography and other areas of my life, to a degree. I’m not bemoaning myself or anything like that, but, looking back, I stopped challenging myself and making projects fun. Even the most mundane assignment can be turned into a learning opportunity, a chance to try a new framework (AngularJS now, Knockout around this time last year), explore something new, or look at an old problem from a new angle (Get it? Angular? har har).
Some time a few years ago, I stopped doing those things. I stopped learning to the degree I used to, despite more and more things coming out each year – and, truth be told, perhaps it was overwhelming! My how has our craft changed. It didn’t happen overnight, but I certainly changed, I stopped having fun. Now, that’s a bit dramatic sounding. Of course I had fun, in both my career and life! But, as a whole, I wasn’t exploring like I used to, and the undying enthusiasm for which I was known had faded.
Those are just a few, but they’re recurring interests I have that, while I may dabble in, I don’t explore to the degree of which I’d like. By seeing some of these through I’ll be rewarded with the feeling of satisfaction that comes from accomplishing the goals I set out to do. So, here’s to relearning how to have fun!