That’ll keep me out of trouble…
Sure, it’s a great project. It’s useful. Its technically challenging. I’ll learn a lot. And I really like the team I’ll be working with. But I can say the same about my day job, and it’s not like I need the work. All the same, it felt right.
I think I might be doing this for many of the same reasons I like cycling in mountains and technical ski descents. There is something relaxing about challenging yourself. Just as being in a traffic jam is disappointing because the car can’t do what it is meant to do, operating deep in your comfort zone feels a heck of a lot like driving with one foot on the gas and one on the brake.
Naturally, the timing of this project coincides with an even more complex one at work. While you’d think that would make it harder for me to focus properly on each one, I find that it makes it easier. Just as being active makes you stronger which in turn makes you feel like being even more active, doing things sharpens your skills which makes you feel like taking on more.