Choose Your Table Wisely
A subtle constraint on work & life
My favorite year of college was the year I didn't attend college.
I took a year off to work on a startup while still living on campus. I enjoyed all the perks of college: community, parties, all-you-can-eat omelets, but I didn't have to endure the worst part: classes.
In the evenings, I hung out with my college friends. But during the day, I was at a startup accelerator, spending time with people older than me and further in their careers.
When I shut that company down and went back to school, my perspective on the typical problems of a college student had radically changed. Everything seemed so small, so insignificant. I couldn't relate to my challenges from a year ago.
When I went back, the old games weren't interesting anymore.
They no longer felt worth playing.