It's hard to believe how quickly time flies and how many other things there are that take your time when you're married with children. I remember when I got home from my mission, and none of my friends were active online anymore. I had no one to chat with, really. I didn't have a great gaming rig, either, so I couldn't do much of that. And I was always upset because my brother would only be on for a few minutes at a time, and then be gone. Most people I knew were like that.
But now that I'm married with children, I find that we don't spend as much time online as I used to, which kinda saddens me. We watch quite a bit of TV (Netflix, really), and that's entertaining and kinda nice when I want to just veg out. But I don't blog, or program, or listen to music much. And worst of all, I don't do so much of that (or anything else) with my wife or kids. Of course, temperatures in the "kill me now" range give me some excuse, but it's still pretty poor.
Matt Cutts, head of Google's webspam team, does 30-day challenges, and while it's actually the 3rd, I think for the rest of August I want to watch no TV, and instead spend at least 30 minutes a day with my Geekheart, and each of my Geeklets, doing whatever they want to do that's not watching TV. Yesterday my daughter wanted me to teach her to draw cats some more, but I didn't. I don't really like the disconnected feeling, so here's to spending more time with my family - not just around them.
I've noticed that I have an overwhelming urge to create.
It's also interesting because I also like to know how things work.
Ever since I was a young child I had a fascination with taking a screwdriver to whatever was on hand. Sometimes it would get back together properly, but sometimes not. I've gotten a lot better as I've aged. It's interesting to me the dichotomy that exists between my dismantling things and my creation of other things.
When I create, I feel truly content - whether that's making a whistle out of bamboo or a ring out of some wood, or writing a program, or drawing a picture. It seems like an almost magical process - taking something ordinary, like a blank file, or piece of paper - and turning into something that is either useful in the way a program is useful, or useful in the way that a drawing is useful. One can be used to accomplish work, whether it's mental or physical, while the other is usually useful for bringing pleasure to the audience.
I apologize if this post seems rambling... I've just been thinking about it for a while.
All I really have to say is this: Creation... it's what I like to do.