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Sure, every kid had Legos. But most kids would stop building in order to eat. You were so focused that sometimes adults wondered whether there might be something wrong with you. But there was never anything wrong that a little bit of time alone reassembling something wouldn't cure. Maybe you made your way through model airplanes and electronics kits. We're pretty sure you built a robot.
At school you were probably an amazing student -- when you remembered to do your schoolwork. Sometimes teachers would tell your parents that if you applied yourself, there's nothing you couldn't do. By high school you'd probably figured out that you didn't need to work very hard to get A's, and that left you time to do what you wanted to do.
Was it then that you discovered code?
Whenever it was, your encounter with code changed you. You've always loved building things, but when you coded you felt like you could build a universe. Not that you're an egotist. But in code you found a mode of expression that was less constrained than any craft you'd ever known. And as you did it more, you developed not just technical skill, but an aesthetic sense. When people started talking about "code smells," you knew exactly what they meant.
Now you're looking for your next adventure. Maybe you've come to realize that perfect code is impossible, but beautiful code that serves its users well creates a feeling of supreme delight in you. And you've probably decided that having others coding with you increases the pleasure you take in it. Not hundreds of people, or even dozens. But a few great ones.
Valid through: 12/20/2021