I have few hobbies. Most of them revolve around unix. Easy enough jump: I love my job. If I can't be at home, playing with my unix boxes, then work is the second best place to be, playing with those unix boxes. I get to play for a living. This is why I love my job.
Sometimes, work is actually, well, work. The exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil. But more often than not, its like having a hobby I can work on 18-hours a day. Tedious? At times, but what hobbies aren't wrought with frustration out of a need to produce our best work? We constantly challenge ourselves to succeed in that we enjoy doing - and how fruitful when your place of employment is equipped to offer you that same environment?
Its even more exciting for me when the two seamlessly meet.
Take my current home and work projects - they mesh, which means while I idly whittle away the hours at home, its work related, and while I'm 'toiling' away at work, I'm able to use the skills I develop there to hone my home environment. How very fortunate that I have the opportunity to work for a corporation, and more specifically, individual people who encourage this rich explosion of cross-pollination, as they see the benefits they'll reap.
- Installed and testing MoveableType blogging software for simultaneous home-project and work-project.
- Translating SMF forum software from home project into possible work-project.
- Learning splunk sysadmin software both at home and at work for benefit of both.
- Learning Solaris 10 zones.
- Testing real-world limitations of Solaris x86.
And yesterday's entry was a wonderful example of 'getting paid to blog.' I mean, what's not to like about that? I had a young man who is terribly literal ask me about how to go about getting a job as awesome as mine. He wanted a checklist of sorts - things to do, a path to follow in hopes on one day being equally successful in his journey toward the perfect job.
I told him, Attitude.
It wasn't what he wanted to hear, of course. Attitude, at first glance is not something tangible - not being able to be measured, or have metrics applied to it. But thats an illusion; its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. It encompasses every waking moment of every single day, and can be alone responsible for success or failure. And I'm not talking about short-term materialistic, "success." Rather, personal happiness. Being happy forever. Real happiness, the kind you read about in books - the kind you long for. The kind you cannot find with wealth. And isn't that worth more than anything else? I am tangible proof that attitude works. Me.
He replied, as youth of today often do, with an extreme example of why my suggestion was not worth his time, and wasn't the answer he was looking for. He will continue down his literal path, looking for tangibles to grasp at. That's not dishonorable. Each of us has our own path to follow. Some are just more rocky than others.
Love. You can know all the math in the 'Verse, but take a boat in the air you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells ya she's hurtin' 'fore she keens. Makes her home.