A few days ago I completed my first ever coding/programming project, which was assigned by the freecodecamp.org site. It honestly is not a whole lot to look at and it didn’t really take too much time to create a tribute page for one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman. I can honestly say that I am enjoying the challenge of learning and creating using a new method or utensil.
So, what is my end game? Where do I plan to take this new hobby?
Well, I have numerous ideas for applications and ways that I personally want to “save the world.” However, I lack the skills and possibly the right type of go-getter attitude to knock on doors or cold-call people to raise money for causes. I think it takes a special type of individual that is extremely sure of themselves or possibly lacks the trigger that cares what other people think about them. I feel like I fall on the other end of the spectrum, which worries that I might be bothering an individual or interrupting something they might hold dear to themselves like dinner with the family, leisure time, and any number of others things that do not involve a stranger calling them during the day.
This might limit me on the options I have to support causes by my actions or help create a method for fundraising for change. My initial vision was to create an NGO that helps people that truly need assistance. People that are oppressed and are susceptible to harsh conditions if mother nature decides to deal them a bad hand in life. If I were able to get a degree in something basic, then I might have the reputation and means to create a reality out of this ambition. Unfortunately, this takes an incredible amount of time and money. Leaving corporate America causes difficulty when supporting oneself in this society. So, to reach a milestone like a college degree I would have to sacrifice other endeavors to minimize the factors of time and money.
Leaving corporate America causes difficulty when supporting oneself in this society. So, to reach a milestone like a college degree I would have to sacrifice other endeavors to minimize the factors of time and money. Simply put, it isn’t the work that makes college difficult it is the pressure of surviving while in college.
This is where my new hobby of coding and programming may help to bring my goals and my passion for helping the world to fruition. There are plenty of resources both free and paid that helps build this skill, which is extremely viable in our technology based world. A perfect solution that may create a faster route to achieving the goals I have set out for myself, but also create a revenue stream to make sure I can survive.
The programming world has limitless potential for creativity and problem-solving. Using these skills can help eliminate real issues in the world, and possibly help alleviate the problems I had hoped to change with an NGO. Every single day that I learn a new command or translate a line of code for a machine to understand what I am hoping to explain is one step closer to reaching my goal; one key stroke closer to “saving the world”.
Link to my first project: Code Pen Project