I have not written a word (here) since January? I can say that I haven’t blogged since I was 49. No excuse. Not for a chatty Kathy like myself. I know that blogging my problems, processes, solutions has been helpful in the past, but I still won’t do it because I won’t stop coding. I need to remember that it’s okay—good, even—to stop coding.
Here is what happens when I do not stop coding:
- I do not run.
- I do not knit.
- I do not put my Raspberry Pi together.
- I do not go to movies or watch movies.
- I do not read for fun.
- I do not walk the dogs.
Basically, I become a boring cow. (No offense to cows with awesome personalities.) I’m full of do-nots instead of do-nuts. (Mmmm. Donuts.)
Egads, woman. Stop. It’s not forever. Just stop coding to let yourself do some other things.
Things that happen when I do these so-called “other things”:
- I think of solutions to the problems I encountered.
- I come up with ideas for new projects.
- I feel good about myself physically.
- I have other things to talk about other than passing state down as props or mapping.
- I attend Meetups.
- I see movies.
- I ride my motorcycle.
- I start Couch-to-5k.
- I start 750 Words.
- I rest one part of my brain.
- I exercise other parts of my brain.
I become more interesting. I return to being the person who, when asked “What do you do?”, returns with “What don’t I do?”
Today? I’ve prepared for teaching Python to a youngster, but I’m also starting my Couch-to-5K plan … again. A plan I keep quitting because I wouldn’t quit coding. Today I start with day 1 and will come home after that 30 minutes to work on my MERN HomeChecker app and a smaller React project. I can give up that time. Yes, I want to be a paid developer, but I do not want to become a boring blob.