I tell people all the time that I’m convinced that I was destined to be a solo fur trapper in the Rocky Mountains during the 1830’s. I’m an introvert loner, but one that needs people every so often. So, a life of solitude for most of the year, followed by the big rendezvous once a year, would be right up my alley.
Instead I find myself married with a son, working in an profession whose work has turned toward the social. Instead of rendezvous I get Twitter and Facebook. Instead of smoke signals I get Instagram.
The pace of change as a fur trapper would also be a lot slower than the life virtually anyone leads today. I’ve posted about change before, since it’s the only thing that you can truly count on. Even knowing that, I am human, and humans often like to stagnate.
So, what does a fur trapper out of time do? Get with the program!
So, here is my plan. I’m going to ramp up how I use my free time to do some professional development over the course of the upcoming year. And I’m going to do it in public. I’m also looking to improve my health over the next year, and will be doing a good portion of that publicly as well.
Does that mean I’m going to buy ads telling people what I’m doing? No, but it does mean that I will be posting here about what I am learning, and the progress I made. It also means that as I develop code, or develop notes and cheat sheets, I will post them to GitHub. There will be code I work on over the next year or so that won’t be public, but things that I develop for myself will be public.
I’m also going to endeavor to post more on Twitter explaining what I am working on.
Will anyone see it? Probably not. But I’m doing this as a means to keep myself motivated, track my progress, whip myself into shape, blah blah blah.
What’s so scary about this? Well, like I said, I’m a very introverted guy and do not like to air my laundry, clean or dirty, in public. This will also be a public display of my skill or lack thereof – which may make it harder to gain or keep employment in the future. I generally don’t like sharing. But, I also need something to push me to change. And public humiliation is a pretty good scare tactic for someone like myself. I don’t want called out professionally like Hester Prynne.
That having been said, I’m also a little excited. So if you DO read this, or follow my travails on Twitter, let me know. Criticize, congratulate, or just let me know someone is watching.