Writing to Articulate

  Since high school I have been scared about writing. It wasn’t the case in primary school, but for some reason the move into my teenage years together with the social chaos of high school, I become more aware of my identity to others and wanted to hide my faults.

  I remember doing a mathematics test in the first year of high school and I didn’t know it but I was good at maths relative to the others in the class. This was a comforting feeling and I took this belief at the time of being mathematical, logical and engineering like in thinking  to be the correct way to view the world, so I quickly started dismissing everything that was non-scientific.

  I would fight with my English Teachers as I was sure they were selling ice to the eskimos, their logic appear illogical and I misbehaved badly in those classes. I remember one session the teacher asked the room to read a sort passage out aloud. Then she asked me, of all people, what I thought the purpose of the this piece was, I replied, “Nothing more than to entertain people”. The classroom burst out with laughter but now I feel so stupid when I reflect back to these moments.

  After spending 20 years of programming computers, firstly as a hobby, then as a paid  job, I realise to write a program you are learning how to think like a computer and translating the world into true and false notions. You also need to consider that a person will read and learn from that code, so I would try and structure the programming to be readable in that logical mindset.

  When you are writing for people or computers you are exercising your thinking, moving out of the fuzziness of an idea in your head and working out how to articulate it to others. The value of an idea increases when you can do that successfully and like programming, writing takes focused effort to get good at it.

  I felt during my high school years that I was probably the biggest pain in the arse to my english teachers, but no one stopped me and explained how important writing would be as a life skill, I’m glad that I know that now.