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How I discovered Coding...

I discovered coding at the lowest point of my life...

The unexpected lost

If I can be completely honest, vulnerable, and transparent, I did not know about coding until early 2020. I had just given birth to my daughter and I was ready to start working on my hair salon.

Being in the beauty industry for almost 10 years, I decided that it was time to build my very own salon. I prepped everything from the ground up, until COVID hit me hard.

And as a new mom, Postpartum Depression hit me harder and I struggled with my personal and professional life extremely heavy during those times. When my daughter was only a couple of months old, I had a talk with my husband and our life counselor, and they both told me to stop doing anything business-related for 2 weeks. This way, I was able to clear my mind, focus on myself, my husband, and our brand new baby.

Something had to change for the better

Within those two weeks, I challenged myself to really think about myself and what I genuinely enjoyed doing. You know, things that I knew that I was naturally good at. So I made out a list. And among the top things, technology and art-related activities were on that list.

Here I am with a failed hair salon before it even got started, 3/4ths of a bachelor's degree in English, and a thousand odd jobs under my belt. I thought to myself, where is my life going?

Being honest with myself

Coming straight outta high school with a full Vocal Performance scholarship ten years ago, to a 28-year-old woman who lived her life to accompany those around her.

So within those two weeks, I did something that I had never done in my life; focused on myself.

How I found coding

Other than writing, I knew that I had a genuine love for engineering and technology. But I did not know what I could do in those fields. So I went to Google and searched, "creative jobs in tech." A lot of things popped up and coding was one of them.

I Googled, Youtubed, and researched everything about coding and then had a lightbulb moment.

I started to follow Software Developers and Engineers on all social media platforms, just to see what their lifestyle was like.

I saw those individuals and I thought to myself, "Can I really live that lifestyle?" And my exact thoughts were, "HELL YES!!"

This industry is everything that I prayed for in a career.

Here are the personal career goals that I prayed for over 10 years ago:

1) I want to be creative
2) I want to solve problems
3) I want to teach others
4) I want to travel
5) I want to work remotely if needed
6) I want to receive a great salary to help build a foundation for my family

I am so thankful that my failed business led me in the direction of my true passion.

How did you discover coding and how has it impacted your life?

Top comments (6)

jonrandy profile image
Jon Randy πŸŽ–οΈ • Edited

It found me... as a curious 7 year old back in 1983.

The ZX Spectrum didn't really come with many cassette tapes of software, I had no money for games, and the only other thing you could with it was write programs. It booted straight into what you'd probably now call a code editor so it was easy to get started. It also came with a manual on how the built-in BASIC language worked, so I taught myself from there and have never looked back.

It had a huge 48K of memory!
ZX Spectrum 48K

xoshly profile image

Maannn, I would have loved that as a kid. Heck, I would still love to have that now, just to play around with it. It reminds me of when I was a child. My brother-in-law would take me to the library and I would explore the computers as much as I could because I was fascinated by them. We couldn't afford a computer at home but my mom brought home a regular typing keyboard and I would type on that thing all day, acting as if I was on the computer, LOL! Thank you for sharing your story.

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ayomiku olatunji

I found code... Happy to day this

tankerguy1917 profile image

I would say it found me. One of my brothers had been coding for a while, showing me what he did and explaining what it all did. And at the same time, most of my friends were really techie and into coding. I would inspect the code on websites, change a few numbers, and that was about it. One day, I was in a class that I had been trying changed, as I didnt need it anymore (or to begin with), one of my school counselors came in and showed me a list of available classes, and one of them was coding. It looked better than any other class that was available, and I knew that a few of my friends had it that same period. So the next day, I'm learning HTML. Then, years later (near the end of the last school year), I picked coding as one of my classes. Now, I am learning python/pygame, I am way ahead of where the I should be if I was just following along with the class, and I am even attempting to make my own game engine using python and pygame.

xoshly profile image

I wish that my friends at that time were techie. I was a true techie at heart but I would get teased by those around me because of it. So, I never looked into it and focused on other things as a child. I am glad that you found it at such a young age. I took one computer class in middle school and I hated it. We didn't get into coding, we were just learning how to type. LOL! I haven't learned Python yet but I am so excited to start. When you finish your game, post it so I can play it. :)

tankerguy1917 profile image

I was the opposite. My friends thought it was weird that I didn't know a lot about computers, and to be honest, I still don't. I also didn't like computer classes since it was just typing. Also, how would I post a game here? I have a github repo if that helps.