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A New Dive into Web Development

Despite the challenges that I still face, I feel very happy about making positive changes towards fulfilling the dream that started 3 years ago.

I started studying Web Development about 3 years ago. However, due to personal reasons - something I must work on better managing - and a lack of focus, I stopped learning and practising for about 2 1/2 years. (Oh, the matters of the heart, finances, and according to John Kennedy Toole in his “A Confederacy of Dunces”, Fortuna’s whimsical ways. N.B. I really love that book.) I’ve finally decided to get back on track.

After I stopped, there were many times that I tried to embark on the journey again, but for some reason, it just didn’t happen. Honestly, the frustration of my situation, losing traction, and the self-imposed pressures of the long journey back to, at least, where I was before, were too much for me at those points. I could not see beyond the rut that I was in at the time. I was in a very bad place.

Recently, I decided that I would commit to studying and practising once more, and stick to it no matter what. Since the restart, I have felt the frustrations, sometimes paused or got derailed from studying for a few hours, but through it I have fought to stick to the plan and just push forward, keeping my mind focused on being a Web Developer, one step at a time. Currently, I am studying The Complete Web Developer Course at Udemy. Some other good places to study are Learn to Code HTML & CSS by Shay Howe, Mozilla Developer Network, freeCodeCamp, and The Net Ninja’s YouTube channel and website.

The process has inspired me to pass on this information and more to friends - one, in particular, who I would like to develop with, if he is up for it.

So far it has been challenging and exciting as well as time consuming and liberating from stagnation. There have been occasions when I’ve been out and just could not wait to return home to study and practise what I’ve learned. I’ve slept on it, dreamed about it, gotten exhilarated about reaching a point where I will confidently work on projects, feel proud about my progress over the journey, and expand on my knowledge.

Despite the challenges that I still face, I feel very happy about making positive changes towards fulfilling the dream that started 3 years ago.

Taking the first step the second time around feels great.