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  • I'm feeling the same things about myself, these days. I have this burning desire to contribute to the community that's given so much to me, but I haven't, yet. And I feel terrible about it.

    I finally have a quest. A couple of them, even. The problem is that I have to learn so much before I can achieve them. I got stuck in this trap of "I want to do something worth doing, but I want to do it now".

    So, I've picked a project, and I'm staying with it. And if this one doesn't pan out, then I'll try another project. I'm trying my hardest not to get discouraged in the mean time by the fact that my reading and studying in preparation produces nothing outside of myself. I'm remembering that that part is necessary to the rest.

    I've been finding that reading about the fundamentals is producing results. I feel somehow better-armed. I don't just know coding, I'm beginning to learn some of the art of computing (even though it's not Knuth that I'm reading, at the moment :-) ). It feels good.

    Keep reading. The projects will come, I'd think, and once they do, you'll already be prepared for them, rather than having to prepare for them as you go, like I'm doing. Good luck.