My career as a software developer lasted from 1998 to 2017. I enjoyed the part of my job where I wrote software. Solving problems with computer code was a rewarding challenge. However, I didn’t like all of the crap that went along with it including:
- Bad bosses. One was a scheming, paranoid, racist, control-freak of a person, He would ask me and my teammates not to share knowledge or even talk to programmers on other teams. We’d catch him following us around.
- Rigid schedules. Two weeks of vacation time? And sick days count against your time off? Great! I’m coming to work sick!
- Meetings and documentation. Need I say more?
If I could have written software for non-tyrannical humans and had more flexibility, it would have been much harder to quit. The work was fun. I liked my coworkers. The money was good.
I don’t have a formal job anymore but still work pretty hard. The basement project that I began almost a year ago is mostly done:
Our kitchen is too small. Mindy and I want to put in an island when we remodel it, but there idn’t room, at least in its current format. The refrigerator stuck out too far. The solution was to move the wall back:
On the other side, I built a platform on top of the relocated wall for the girls. And who am I kidding, I like to go up there and fart around too:
I have enough home projects planned to keep me busy for years. And that’s exactly how I like it.
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.George Bernard Shaw
I couldn’t agree more. These projects are what I live for. Sure, I like to screw around too, but the fun is a lot more enjoyable after I feel like I’ve done something to earn it.
Humans are meant to work. And, we’re meant to work at tasks that make us grow and give us a sense of accomplishment.
The problem with most of the work we do is that it often comes with bad bosses, conniving coworkers, stupid schedules, mandatory meetings, shitty stress, crappy commutes, terrible team-building activities, dumb dress codes, and sedentary life. The purpose of FIRE isn’t to lead a life of leisure, but to extricate meaningful work from all of the surrounding bullshit.
Back To Work?
In the 3+ years that I’ve been away from my computer job, I haven’t thought much about writing code. That it, until this past weekend.
A friend of mine has been working on a pretty awesome project. He’s in the process of obtaining a patent and figuring out a path to commercialization. Since he’s still early in the process, he asked that I don’t divulge the details. But trust me, it’s pretty awesome. It’s so awesome that I asked him if I could buy a prototype. My friend is a kind and generous person, so he gave me one over the weekend.
I talked to my friend about his plans for the project and he mentioned that he needed a complementary app. My friend knew I wrote software but didn’t know that I’ve written apps. I mentioned it to him and he suggested that partnering on the project might be a good idea. After he left, I thought about the conversation:
- I like to write code.
- This would be a fun project to work on.
- I’d be working with a really good human.
- Perhaps it would make money, but at this point, I don’t need more. My payment would be the fun I’d have writing code and working with my friend. Anything after that is a bonus.
So, perhaps I’ll be back at work soon. This one checks all of the boxes.
Join the 10s who have signed up already!
Subscribing will improve your life in incredible ways*.
*Only if your life is pretty bad to begin with.