Five Things Old Programmers Should Remember

Lately I’ve been feeling the aging process, both physically and mentally, a bit more than usual. It could be that the big 4-0 is around the corner for me and sitting on my ass coding for the last 20 years is finally catching up. I’ve never given it much thought as getting older is something we don’t have control over but it’s becoming more and more evident in my work that I take a little longer than usual to spit out those few extra lines of code. Maybe it’s just that I think it through more thoroughly now, not sure.

It’s also a bit disconcerting seeing all these programmers older than myself that just don’t code any more. They seem jaded to me, disgruntled, dazed and maybe even depressed. I definitely don’t want to end up like that! It’s in my nature to take things apart and put them back together, to build things, create things, improve things, program things. So as I get older, do I now have to constantly check in with myself and make sure I don’t sway from my chosen path?

In any case, I just read this post by Gary Wisniewski that got me to truly reflect on aging programmers such as myself, get back to basics and once again have fun with the craft I love… programming.

Thanks for the hope Gary!

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