My Happy Place
As a child, I used to love taking my toys apart and trying to improve them. I would often break the toy car just so I’ll be challenged to fix it. I remember how interesting it was to play around with magnets and electric motors.
I remember working overnight on my motorcycle, trying to fix the leaky carburetor and then tuning it. My neighbours hated me for that, but I couldn’t stop. I was in bliss… I was in the “flow state” during those moments. I would totally forget to eat or drink. I was so immersed into the task at hand, so I would even postpone my washroom breaks until the point where I would almost pee my pants. It was hard physically and mentally, but the rewards of being in the “zone” far overweight the fatigue.
I remember spending two days! with no sleep, trying to hack my brand new, white iPhone 3G. After experimenting with different software and finding out different things I could do with the phone – I broke the thing. The next two days I spent researching and trying to fix what I broke. I had no sense of time. Day or night – I didn’t care. My friends were calling me, asking me out – I was unavailable. My mom would cook the dinner – I was locked inside my room, glued to the computer. Again, I was in a blissful state. I had a purpose and I would not stop until it’s done.
I forgot that side of me… It is an important piece, when searching for my purpose in life. What was I playing with when I was a kid? What was interesting and exciting to me as a teenager?
I need to build – I am a creator. I want to spend the rest of my life working on something that puts me into the “flow state”. I want to be fully immersed into a task, where I lose the sense of time and nothing else matters. I feel that only when I’m in the “zone” – I can truly push my limits.
In whatever I do, given my interests, I will try to figure out how can I make this task interesting for me? How can I replicate that states of the mind that I’ve experienced when I was immersed in my work?