Idioms and Odysseys

Getting Started Still..

“It gets easier.”, “One day at a time.”, “We all go through it”. Everyone knows these sayings very well, the crappy thing is that the one time that they are supposed to be useful is the one time that they’re not. When you are in the middle of a hard time or right in the trenches of something you don’t want to be doing, it’s almost guaranteed you will get a little bit of tunnel vision. It’s a very easy thing to do when all of your focus is on one task, or one moment. Sometimes you just have to take a breath, zoom out and relax. Well when I take a step back I can see how far I have to go. I can see how many things there are for me to learn, and it can be a little daunting. It sort of feels like you’re starting over every time you learn about some new language or some framework or API. Especially when I don’t know what an API is.

It Gets Easier

Coding is a real beast with some crazy talented and smart people in the field who have been doing it forever. There will always be someone who knows more than you do. You just gotta live with that, settle for the fact that there will never be another you. Learning how to code is literally learning a language and just with other languages it’s easier to learn and understand it than it is to speak (type) it. Therefore one thing you have to do from the beginning is give yourself little projects, and fail at them. Give yourself something that you don’t think you’ll be able to pull off, something just a little bit above what you know. Then, when you fail at it, you’ll have somewhere to go, something to research, a problem to be solved.

One Day At A Time

    There is a lot of instant gratification in the world today, everything is moving extremely fast and it’s not slowing down. Therefore we have to teach ourselves that sometimes it’s better to suffer a little now so we can have a great payoff later. We need to learn that the best gratification you can get is from yourself, to improve yourself. And improving yourself takes a lot of time and effort. So one thing we can do is just take things slowly and not be so hard on ourselves.

We All Go Through It

Man, it’s so easy to get that dopamine spike when you’re learning something new and understanding it, or you just accomplished a task you’ve been stuck on for days. Going back to what I was talking about, slowing things down and taking it one step and a time. When you do that and it’s feeling good, you’re making progress, then all of a sudden you hit this wall. The infamous wall that gets all of us, it’s a real bitch that thing. No matter how many times we hear somebody tell us that you just have to break through it, just a little extra effort, if we’re the ones hitting the wall it’s a lot different. What’s the opposite of an epiphany? Because that’s exactly what that feels like. Every time you hear someone’s story of hitting a wall and breaking through it you think, “Heh good for them”. Then all of a sudden you’re the one hitting it and it seems impossible. Well unfortunately there is no easy answer here. You could read all the self help books and take all the courses you want, you’re still going to have to put in the work. So keep on keeping on man…

Failures

My failures have mostly included not approaching people if I have a problem. That’s always a struggle for me, and it always will be, but I can and will get better at it as well. I also said I was going to create a small JS quiz for some practice, but I didn’t get around to doing that.

Wins

Still been working with Bootstrap and creating some new layouts with that framework. Currently learning how to bring up a modal window with the click function. Just some basic stuff, but will give me some great roots when it comes later down the line.

Again thanks for reading guys and if you want to check out a similar blog about starting out in coding go to my friends page at tumblr.com/sauercoding. CODE ON!

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