One thing I’m weirdly proud of is my position as an amateur programmer.
When I point that out, people say, “Well, but…” — and I know where they’re going, that after 25 years of professional experience I’m not what you think of when you think of “amateur.”
And yet, it’s still true. It’s just that I’ve come out the other side, and now I get to work on exactly what I want to, the way I want to, without any thoughts of trying to make money at it.
I can take risks! I can work with anybody who shows up! It’s a pure thrill. It’s like writing single-malt apps.
And I would wish for more people to find themselves in this position — eventually, anyway — because I want to see what they would make.
PS The Dictionary app on my Mac says of the origin of the word “amateur”:
late 18th century: from French, from Italian amatore, from Latin amator ‘lover’, from amare ‘to love’.