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Lifestyle changes

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I've been reinventing my life. I wasn't happy with how I've been living it lately; working 'til 5:30, getting home, grabbing some quick food and using the computer until late. I was spending too much time killing time, no real motivation and making very little progress on my personal projects.

I've started making some small changes; I now go to the gym early before work, I've started cooking real food (tonight I had stuffed mushroom with chicken & cous cous, last night was baked trout and a selection of green vegetables). I've signed up for the Nottingham half marathon in September and I'm now in training for that. Last night I ran 6 miles in the street quite an achievement I felt, but I need to double that and then some more...

So why all these changes? It feels as if there's more to life than sitting around on computers 'wasting' my time. Running gives me a real sense of myself, my limits and my motivations. It's the only time I truly feel 'relaxed', something which programming doesn't do for me any more. I'll still code games and such, but it'll now be in small chunks and with no real urgency; there was little sense of achievement in a wake of failed projects and unfinished games.

When working on the GDNet Gathering application with Mr Tacos, I realised that coding for the consumption and enjoyment of others is far better than coding for myself. The challenges I set myself in code will almost never be realised as they're too high and they change constantly, so instead I'm setting myself some life goals away from this infernal machine. When I do code it will be for GDNet and for work; I'm choosing to become a cog in the machine rather than being both the machine and the cogs.

I'll still be around the site, just not as often and as visibly (part of the reason I handed the Web Forum over to Sander). When I am around, I'm more likely to be coding up new stuff for y'all to play around with rather than catching up on every thread from the day. If you want to get hold of me, PM me and I'll do my best to answer =)

Until next time...

Life's too short to never realise one's dreams, it's all about dreaming the right dreams in order to achieve them.
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Shame to hear that you might not be around so much [smile]

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I've signed up for the Nottingham half marathon in September and I'm now in training for that.

I hope you realise that this has pissed off plenty of my friends (and my family) over the last couple of years [evil]. At least one year it nearly closed off access to the city and we couldn't get back to university - sitting in traffic jams and the like.. [rolleyes]

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So why all these changes? It feels as if there's more to life than sitting around on computers 'wasting' my time.

Have to say, it's something I've come across every now and then...

I can spend days and/or weeks working 9-5 as a wage slave on my Java/Eclipse project, get home and dig straight into some VC/DX coding "for fun". Sit back a few days later and realise that I probably spent a good 16-18hrs that day doing nothing but typing out 1000's upon 1000's of lines of code that haven't really done or shown much [oh]

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I'll still be around the site, just not as often and as visibly <-snip-> Until next time...

Best of luck with the marathons and whatever else; hope this aint the last post in the journal [grin]

Jack

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I wouldn't expect anything less from someone willfully evolving. Since you won't be posting so often it'll make it that much more of a treat when you do.

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Good luck with it, it's good to try new things and expand in new directions. Hope to still see you around here sometimes though!

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Noooooo!! Say it isn't so [sad] You'd better still keep in touch though [smile] Good luck!

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