As a girl growing up in Indonesia, I wanted to be many things: an architect (so I could build houses there), an archaeologist (so I could dig & study all the cool ancient stuff we have there), an astronaut (so I could visit the stars), or combining all of them and study archaeoastronomy (that could be a very interesting stuff to do).
But never in a million years that I dreamt about becoming a programmer. I think I barely passed my “Basic” programming language class in high school (thank goodness it was only an extracurricular activity — don’t ask me why I even took it :P) .. or maybe because I spent more time playing basketball (LOL!). I used my dad’s computer only to play Digger and Lode Runner. I love those old fashioned games .. the Atari (Frogger, Pacman, Pong, Space Invaders, etc.) and those Game & Watch thingy.
And yet, here I am now, in a country I call my second home, a programmer analyst by day (and loving it too — the Internet interests me ;)), and just somebody who’s trying very hard to stop and smell the roses every once in a while in this crazy busy world of ours. Trying to spend more time to do some of my old hobbies that I’ve abandoned for too long: drawing and photography.
Life’s too short .. gotta make the best out of it. 😉
P.S. Last thought for this page … I read this quote in Nature Photographer magazine, I think it’s cool:
“To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived.
This is to have succeeded.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson