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Do I have to make another leap forward, and struggle until I do? I have no idea, that's one to reflect on in another decade or so. The truth, if I'm being honest, is that I prioritised other things like living abroad and focussing on my mental health through extensive therapy. I had to put myself before my work ambitions, and there was a hell of a lot to unpack. There still is; these things can take an entire lifetime to figure out.

Meanwhile, the inevitable march of progress continues on. Interestingly enough, I don't even use Stack Overflow much these days. At least on the frontend, it seems like many things are designed to fit into short, 3-minute tutorials on Medium, DevTo or Substack. Communities that were once in forums now exist real-time on Slack, Discord or Gitter. If I'm lucky I can go onto Github and find a solution to a bug somewhere in an issue thread. I'm more likely to just read the source and figure something out for myself. Information is abundant whereas twenty years ago it was scarce or siloed.
Meanwhile, progress inevitably marches on. Interestingly enough, I don't even use Stack Overflow much these days. At least on the frontend, it seems like many things are designed to fit into short, 3-minute tutorials on Medium, DevTo or Substack. Communities that were once in forums now exist real-time on Slack, Discord or Gitter. If I'm lucky I can go onto Github and find a solution to a bug somewhere in an issue thread. I'm more likely to just read the source and figure something out for myself. Information is abundant whereas twenty years ago it was scarce or siloed.

One thing in particular has changed for me: I've always been something of a full stack engineer, it's my comfort zone, but my definition of it has evolved. The stack isn't just your typical client and server, or even the infrastructure behind it. It's the holistic journey of an idea from conception to release: the planning, the prioritisation, the architecture, the design, the programming, the UX, the technical cost/debt, the feedback, the support etc. The whole effort is spread across a cross-functional team, such that there is a good coverage of the various specialisms involved in building a product, but being able to empathise and communicate in each direction is invaluable.

I mentioned once or twice that I used to be quite argumentative, or wanting to 'win' an argument. Call it passion, ambition, or just being an asshole; I'm sure it's been a mixture of all three 😅. But, after so many years and referring to the titular 'growing up', things feel notably more chill these days than they used to. Or, to put it another way, I used to be stressed by default, anxious and agitated almost constantly, but managed to flip that boolean around at the expense of having a fancier title on LinkedIn, as if that even matters as anything more than a status symbol. Bleh.

Something about age and wisdom, I guess.
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Something about age and wisdom, I guess. But still, the journey's not over yet; far from it.
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