Thursday, September 15, 2005

Epiphany Belgian way


My wife and child have gone on a journey to Latin America, leaving me alone here to keep on working to maintain the family.  Although a necessity, the constant burden of loneliness has only become stronger by the day.  Therefore, I started building software for website interfaces.  I sat by the computer, typing and figuring out, looking for new techniques, until one day, I got tired.  Not in a physicial way, but in the motivational way.  Going to work every day from Leuven to Brussels didn’t make me tired, the never-ending discussions at work didn’t make me tired and not even the dreadful feeling of loneliness made me tired.  It was the simple realization of nothingness that made me tired.  What was I doing, making a website interface while I could be doing so many more things.  Why was I wasting seconds, hours and even days of my life on something not even my own?  And why am I doing this while my wife and child are not near me.  The message of nothingness is a call for action, an action to join them asap, take a plane and be a husband and a father.  And all this came out of writing a simple website interface.

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  • Kocha,

    I’m sorry I didn’t make it clear enough that the deadline for entries has passed.  I’ve moved your entry to the ‘Prizeless’ category where all you win is the admiration of others and a spot on the home page - until someone beats your post.

    Anyway, your epiphany sounds a little like the one I had while working for RainingData.  I wanted to build the ranking mechanism that I use on this site instead of building another piece of software that the government and RainingData would use to rationalize taking more tax dollars from my fellow citizens.

    Only for me, there wasn’t a moment.  The thing that finally pushed me to quit was not even real.  My wife and I had looked up tax laws and found that the tax rate we’d pay on gains from a house we just sold would be a lot lower if I made less than $50,000 or something like that.  Long after I had quit, we discovered that the law had been eliminated.  But I had enough other reasons to stay out of work and work on this.


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