So, I’ve been on this forum for a few days and noticed that I didn’t see a lot of people talking about their personal development regarding a specific stereotype they may have experienced/other challenges. For example, I thought I see maybe more women talking about how they realized that they were never destined for the kitchen, amid many stereotypes, or even anyone elderly celebrating how they’re able to be more appealing to their grand kids. I barely do assume thing a lot for the time, but this time, I will. I am going to assume that such stories do not appear anywhere because
- People are too shy to write about their accomplishments or don’t think they’ve done anything worthy of mentioning
- Are being discouraged by those around them, and don’t seem to care about their accomplishments, so why should others?
- Have no idea this forum even exists, in which case, I really didn’t realize until now, how these people may feel lacking a community and even feel discouraged because of this. In that case, we need a strategy to help people figure out this place even exists! Because guess what? I get it, why should I care if other people are able to join or not? I get that’s something that may be at the back of our mind, but this place… it’s an entire identity that has been formed by hundreds, so letting more people know of the support and source of well-being this may be for them can only impact each other as well. But we’ll get back to that to that later, because looking back to the first problem, how can you find a voice when you don’t know what makes up your identity? Is it your friends, you thoughts, or the deafening silence you find when you need that helping hand? Perhaps you are an independent learner, and that’s how you learn best. How are you supposed to share your voice? A lot of the times, we underestimate the power of putting our thoughts and experiences into words, and how some people may not even have that ability. Are you dyslexic and trying to learn coding? Or struggle to typing? Is talking into a mic more your style? Being shy to state your voice can meaning helping those who can’t find their voice, share theirs. Challenges and uphill battles will always exist, so don’t make everyday the same old, because there’s more to life. Conquering shyness will always have been the best thing you got out of it. After all, what’s so bad with endless support and a platform to share your experiences?
Now, the next problem. Let me get this straight first: You’re like the best thing that ever happened to me right now. Ya you reader, because you’ve read what I have to say and made it this far, so here’s a thank you. If someone you know thinks that coding is a waste of your time (Seriously, my mom told me once what the point of this… what do you say to that?) But guess what? You know this is the activity for you if even if you feel awkward about talking around people who suddenly clam up because coding is “like…nerdy”, and you ignore that, you know what that is? EMPOWERMENT. Fight for what you like. Forums are a great way to share your beliefs and find people who like what you do as well. Having something in common isn’t the only way to make friends though. Introduce your friends to the world of coding, maybe even tie their interests in. If that person still doesn’t budge, well, what can you do? You have the power to change the world in your hands. Try thinking that way. Change you’re perspective, and then tell me what you’re able to come and find. You’ll be surprised to find what you never thought was possible.
I hope I inspired you to share your love of coding (if you are even on the forums and read this), and that you are able to learn from others and reflect on your own experiences. Doing coding by itself is great and all, but reflecting on your journey gives you experience, and cultivate an identity of your own. Not convinced? Well, as a first step, try communicating with those on the comments below. Take a share of you idea of telling your story. Tell what you believe in.