Getting Lost Adventures

Being Lost

My son’s snapshot of us being lost

One of the things that we as a family love to do while on holiday is to get lost. We are often forced out of bed at a far too early time by our two boys, who are both eager for a new adventure. After quickly packing a picnic, we will choose to walk down a random street (asking our 4 or 2 year old where to go helps getting lost quickly too). We try and spot a few locals and ask them which coffee shop or bakery is their favourite. At the coffee shop, old men and women, who are always eager to talk and the only ones with enough time, will tell us stories of what this place used to look like; and where we should go next. It’s fun and one of the best ways to discover a new city, or indeed a place you have been to many times before.

Programming Adventures

I have tried to adopt this same philosophy in my programming journey recently. I have been lost in NodeJS caves and took a ride on the ruby Rails. I speak to the locals in these communities and ask them for advice: “How would they tackle this problem?” “What do they recommend?”. I am always surprised how helpful everyone is in every community.

I know the alleys and nuget packages of the .NET space quite well, but joining a .net open source community allowed me to talk to people from different countries and different experiences all together.

A beginner’s mindset

I feel like a complete beginner when I enter these foreign lands. It forces me to adopt a beginner’s mindset. It forces me to be lost for a while; and that’s a great place to be sometimes.

be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
– Dr Seuss, Oh the places you’ll go

  • Vinai Kashyap

    Hi, I found your entries in the 30-day challenge to be very interesting. Also each of your posts in this series is very thought provoking and helpful. Keep up the good work!