Truthful Tuesday (from 24 Nov 2020)

I saw an answer to this one yesterday and thought it was an interesting question. It’s one of the Truthful Tuesday prompt series, and PCGuyIV asks:

Do you now or have you ever been employed doing what you love?
Do you agree with this saying [presumably work to live or live to work] or is it a bunch of poppycock, and why?

Yes, I’ve spent a lot of my career doing something I love – I design and write software. It is truly satisfying sitting down with a blank piece of paper and then designing, then implementing, something, which solves a particular problem. I can’t ever imagine myself not doing that, whether paid or not.

And, because this is software, it is all in my head. Any disabilities I might have are irrelevant. I’m every bit as strong now as when I was able-bodied.

My latest project – it is just at the initial stage of going live – is a small web site containing COVID numbers, just for our village. Nobody asked me to do it, but they are numbers that I’ve been collecting for a while and thought I would share. Hopefully other people will find them useful, too.

It is still work. When I worked for the banks up in London, even though I felt ever so fortunate to be doing something I enjoyed, I still had to be there. My time out of the house was about 6:30AM – 7:30PM, Monday to Friday. I wonder how many others would fancy those hours? Plus I did other odds and sods besides.

There were obviously other sources of discomfort, the main one being when clients expected something impossible, which happened all the time. But they were just the chaff – writing the systems themselves, I’d have done for food.

So the second part of the question, work was about half of life. Mathematically. 13+/24 hours, 5+/7 days. If work’s enjoyability didn’t play a massive role in life’s enjoyability, something would have been very wrong!

Originally tagged: Truthful Tuesday


  1. What a great answer! You obviously do love what you ‘do’. I’m envious too, because around the dawn of time (i.e. the early 1980s) I thought to become a computer programmer. It quickly became obvious that I didn’t have the math skills to do that properly, and other avenues had to be taken. But I have always found the science and art behind how computers run to be FASCINATING! When I took courses for my graphic design degree, I had even more admiration for folks like yourself. Software can be such fun to design I think! And I bet that the folks in your village will appreciate (greatly) having that COVID information at their fingertips! How thoughtful of you to do that!

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    • Yes there are good approaches to things, and bad approaches, so it often feels like completing a work of art when you know you’ve done something well. Of course, 90% of what you end up doing, you wouldn’t touch with a bargepole 🤣. The nice thing about doing things from home is that I can do them properly and well, even if I’m not being paid.


  2. I think there are people who love what they do, but I also believe that number is small. I enjoyed what I did for a living. I was a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) programmer for many years, doing contract work all over the US. I got to travel; I got to work on some very interesting projects; I got to be creative in how I produced an object out of metal per a drawing of the part. CNC programming is a discipline where computer software generates motion instructions for a machine tool to cut a specific part from a piece of material, i.e. steel, aluminum, titanium, etc.

    I enjoyed the pleasure of throwing a 200-300 pound piece of material on a machine and watch my program expose the part hidden inside. It was not without angst though. Try as you might, and as careful as you can be, there are always unexpected problems. It’s like raising a child. You sweat the birth (your first part run), you hope they grow up to be good people (everything on size per drawing), and hope nothing goes wrong once they leave home ( no crashes and passes inspection).

    My last gig was at Boeing’s Frederickson, WA plant where I made wing parts for the 737, 747, 777 and 787 aircraft. It was my dream job to work directly for Boeing. When my contract was up, I retired happy as a clam.

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    • It’s funny, isn’t it. Most of my work has been in financial environments. As programming goes, not exciting, moving data fron one place to another. I cut my teeth on a project controlling hardware, and there was definitely a buzz anout, when something moved, I did that! Mind you, the code I would’ve written was terrible! I remember more than one function called DoIt!
      But that gave a buzz, and also writing shrink-wrapped stuff – knowing that millions of people were running your code. None of that paid anything like the financial stuff I wrote later.


  3. Yes, I have done what I like! I am personal care taker/or assistant. Mostly it’s very rewarding work! I have had many different customers. Every place is peculiar but that’s just great cause you see different places and people and you’ll have very different days also! With some customers you go out maybe for a walk or shopping or something, sometimes you get to visit to cafe or even restaurant with your customer or maybe to museum or whatever they like. So it’s much more than just the actual care taking! Also I have been sometimes tutoring (with a few of my colleagues) on afternoon group which is for autistic and disabled youngsters. It’s great job! We Inter alia play and do chores together. It’s so fun and those youngsters are wonderfull!

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    • Yes since I had my stroke I’ve become involved in various types of voluntary work, and that feeling of being able to help other people is immensely rewarding. It’s funny – in my life in IT, people were frequently the biggest problem. And the profession attracts people who often aren’t socialised (yes, I said that right!). So the split now is chalk and cheese.

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