Make the money, don’t let the money make you
Change the game, don’t let the game change you
-Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
I turned 33 this week. My wife surprised me by doing a small celebration at home. It was beautiful.
I love history and I enjoy reading historical articles on Wikipedia. The problem is I have hard time visualizing dates when various events occurred. I was looking for an easy to read timeline of the world history. Didn’t find any I like. So I decided to build my own at http://amerkhalid.com/histories/. As I read articles, I add to a Google doc that above link pulls data from.
33 sounds old. I thought I would be ready to retire by now. And after retiring, I thought I would work on real fun projects. I wanted to work on real complex problems. The problems that actually change the world. Instead of simply implementing solutions that have already been created. There is not a whole of challenge and discovery in these simple problems.
There is no reason to wait until you retire. I think I got sidetracked by money. I want to make good money. But money became my main driving force. For my side projects, I was creating simple sites like social networks, dating sites. These are already solved problems. The only discovery is googling to lookup library’s functions.
And why do I not get a job where I would get paid to work on harder problems. First, I like where I work and I do enjoy my work. There is security and stability. Then no one would hire me as I lack any real experience or record of solving big problems that I want to work on.
My new goal is to use my free time to read up on interesting problems like big data, NLP, AI, image processing. I am not sure exactly what I want to work on eventually. Just reading for now.