Is this a changed world? Well of course it is. I was born before the smart phone, before the internet, before the microwave, before the touch tone phone, before the answering machine (who has those anymore?), OK voice mail. Before the VCR. My God! I just realized I'm old! I'm okay with that.
My story is unique, as all stories about individuals are. I started out as the original computer coding nerd, when it wasn't so cool (even worked for DMV at one point, and wrote video games). I have remade myself more times than Madonna; into a blogger and now entrepreneur. Along the way I have worn so many hats, I've called myself a hacker, business analyst, solutions architect, webmaster, designed custom virtual worlds, worked on so many websites I loose track. Coded in languages now forgotten, photoshopped everything. Written science fiction stories and now have my own indie comic online for free.
Recently I have written Mobile Apps which help the speech impaired to speak, like the software that Stephen Hawking uses, but different still. This is the one thing I am most proud of because it helps so many people who really need, and use it daily. It hasn't made as much money as I would like, but that's okay . . . I've watched others around me make lots of money, doing not what they love, and be no happier.
As this is obviously a brag piece, I will continue. You are not obligated to read any further. Of course I say that just to get you to read more.
It has been both fun and hard over the years, I am now in my 50's, and that may seem really old to many of you much younger folks, say in your 20's and 30's, but it is not really in a larger sense of things, and you will all be there more than soon enough.
Am I slowing down? Yes, that is inevitable. But have I become less arrogant, more humble? Yes, I hope so. Am I set in my ways? Not as much as you might think. I could never have imagined writing something so personal like this, for everyone to read who really wanted to, twenty or thirty years ago.
So what's the point of my story?? I don't know, I still don't know? For each time I think I have it figured out, something new comes along, an idea, a technology, a different approach. I guess that is what it really is about for me, change, revolution, reworking the old into the new. Saving the good things, tossing the bad or useless.
I have met the most amazing people. People younger and older, who have inspired me. I have spoken to a 16 year old, who I just knew was a genius. I have spoken to a 70 year old, whose mind was more creative than mine, more open, something I pride myself on. So if it is not about age, or experience, then what is it all about? What is that magic spark, that brilliance, that for me makes life so much worth living? That makes me want to get out of bed every morning, rather than pull the covers over and go back to sleep?
For me, I think it has to be wonder. Amazement, excitement at the potential for new technologies. I guess that is why I love science fiction so much, that future can't get here fast enough for me. That's also obviously why I became an entrepreneur, I wanted to bring that future just a little closer, just a little sooner.
I guess in writing this I have discovered myself again, I hope I have helped you as well. My story is not over, it is really just beginning, once again I renew. I am filled with new determination, soon a new purpose will follow.