Where You've Been
Posted by Evan at 9:51 pm on October 4th, 2009
Within the past week I've picked up a couple of new projects to work on; while both are websites, one is more of a website in the traditional sense and the other is more of a web app. Aside from being excited to be able to put to use some of the skills I've learned (both in and out of the classroom) in a way that helps others, I've found a lot of joy in realizing that I'm no longer stumbling around in the dark as much as I used to: when I come across a problem or need to be able to do something, I might have actually already had to deal with that issue before! Cool! :)
Whether it's putting together a site design in Photoshop or working my way through a PHP MVC framework, I'm amazed at how much more I know now (and even how much more there is yet to learn) than how much I knew a year ago. I haven't mastered either of the cases given above, not by any means, but I've noticed that I'm no longer merely muddling through to try and solve a problem. I have prior experience on my side as well as a better understanding of what the difficulty is and where the solution might be, and these details can enable me to accomplish tasks faster and more intelligently.
Looking back and seeing how far you've come is both exciting and encouraging! I try to make sure I'm always striving forward, entering new opportunities for growth and learning, but every so often I think it's important to remember the history that brought you to where you are. After all, a great way to tell where you are and where you're going is to look at where you've been.