From Literature to coding: This is not Kansas anymore

My experience on learning how to code after a lifetime of believing I sucked at Maths

The Wizard of Oz characters marching on the yellow brick path
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A picture of the author
A picture of the author
Me in one of those rare pictures in which my hair is properly done.

Why did I decide to learn how to code?

Because I’m completely out of my mind (just kidding).

Why did I think that learning how to code was a lunatic idea?

While it’s true that I’m not the kind of person that solves Math problems in a jiffy, things like these probably didn’t help:

  • Felt like I never understood Math and Physics explanations in high school. My grades on those subjects were as low as winter temperatures in Scandinavia.
  • Managed to get to the national stage of a Biology Olympics contest representing my school first, and my city afterwards, with a team of 3 people, but failed at solving a problem and we didn’t make it to the next round.

Following the yellow brick path

You probably know the story: The Wizard of Oz is about this girl and a small group of 3 friends going on a journey to see the fantastic Wizard of Oz that will give them what they lack of.

  • Though it seems easy to just follow the yellow brick path at the beginning, we discover that is actually a long way full of tricky situations that we have to figure out on the go.
  • Everything they thought they had to be provided of, was already within them: There are certain qualities that nobody can give to you: You have to find the brain, the courage and the heart within yourself to become what you really want to become.
  • There’s no easy way to that promised land we dream of. And there is no wonderful promised land where everything is easier and there are no problems at all. Even your dream job will have its ups and downs. That’s why you have to make sure that you are not reaching for Emerald city (an idyllic place that doesn’t exist as such), but for home (that place or profession that feels truly yours deep inside).

What if you fly?

A picture of the author as a child.
A picture of the author as a child.
Me as a child

Hails from Argentina, based in Denmark. Former Spanish teacher and translator. Self-published fiction writer. Now learning how to code. Huge fan of empanadas.