I owe my career in software development to burglars.
It was 1981 or 1982, and my parents and I went away for a few days. When we got back to the house it was ransacked and empty. They stole everything of value, including the, then state-of-the-art, Intellivision game system.
My mom wasn’t too fond of the game system, because I spent far too much time at it. She replaced it with a computer by the Texas Instruments company…..the TI99/4A. This started me on the path to coding, and, ultimately, a career in software development.
The next step was a Commodore 64 and later a Commodore 128D. Then I mostly abandoned computers in my teens. As I entered college and into my twenties, I never saw myself programming. In fact, I always wanted to be a lawyer, modeled after Ralph Nader. That just didn’t work out, and by 1996, I was getting paid to code….having never even taken so much as Computer Science 101.
This isn’t to say that anyone handed a computer at 9 or 10 is headed to a career in code. There is definitely genetic predisposition to enjoying & excelling at the work, but that’s a whole other post (or many a post). Let’s just say that I definitely have those genes.