When I was first learning to code over a year ago with HTML and CSS and wondering what I'd move on to next - I remember talking on Slack with one of my colleagues - an engineer. This coworker was really such a helpful source during those first few months with his encouragement and perspective.
One really helpful thing he said to me definitely made an effect - so much so that I immediately wrote it down at the time for fear of not remembering it one day (and I'm so glad I did!):
Don’t look at it all at once. Start one step at a time - you won’t even notice how it’ll become a part of you.
That final 'you won't even notice how it'll become a part of you' is so incredibly accurate. With every passing day of learning and sharpening the skills we have, programming becomes a part of us.
It becomes a part of us in the way we think. In the way we solve problems. In the way we accept that we don't know the answer right now but give us some time and we have the confidence to figure it out.
This post was originally published on April 8, 2020 on my blog.