Ok, I confess, I haven’t opened my terminal or editor in the past few weeks. I know that this probably sounds crazy for someone who is supposed to be working so hard to become a developer. I am going to be perfectly honest with you, I got in a rut and let things pile up on me while I was down.
I work full-time as a Body Shop Asst. Manager and my job is extremely busy, multi-tasking, working with customers, insurance companies and the 20 employees on my team. To say my day job is mentally draining would be an understatement. I also have 5 children, three of which have learning disorders, one being Autism. This means that daily tasks and routines are more difficult than some families. There are days when things are great, then some that can be extremely challenging. I love my family and would do anything for them, they are what I look forward to at the end of my crazy workdays.
I have also been beating myself up over the fact that there are some things in ruby/rails that I feel should make sense to me, but for some reason, they do not. I can work through tutorials and follow instructions, but I want to be able to build an app completely from scratch and understand how to connect everything. I have been a little hesitant on asking for help because my friends are all so busy and I felt that I could somehow figure it out myself.
What I have learned is that isolating myself and not reaching out for help just makes the pressure that much greater and compounds my frustration and discouragement. It can get out of hand really quick, so I encourage you to not stop reaching out for help, no matter how discouraged you get. As I say this, I am talking to myself as well. It wasn’t until I received an encouraging email from a friend that I realized this myself and decided to stop whining and get going!
As a community of talented and creative people, we should make it a point to reach out and encourage each other on a regular basis, you never know when someone could use a boost.
Have a question? email me at email@example.com
If you found this useful, please share.