I'm fully in the "Staying too comfortable" realm at my day job. There is absolutely zero effort from decision makers or chance to learn a new technology or even play with modern frameworks (Laravel, Vue, etc...) What's worse, I'm technically the only PHP developer at my job, yet I'm not allowed to explore anything mildly interesting. We're still using Codeigniter and jQuery shudders.
To combat this, I have been working on side projects in my spare time (thus, putting myself into going to programming as a hobby).
It's ok to have programming as a hobby :). It's a shame that you're lack of progress is due to the decision makers at your work. Perhaps you can show them a demo of laravel and vue and change their minds? Thanks for the reply Adam :)
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