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Richard Ikin

I rediscovered my love of coding again!
I've been struggling with burn-out for a couple of years now, ever since I was forced to give up coding professionally for health reasons. I started developing a few java games for android but, after a succession of failed projects, I came very close to giving up completely.
Two weeks ago, a friend suggested a do some messing around with C++, a language I haven't used since the early 1990s! I'll admit it's a challenge as I haven't used pointers etc for a very long time, but I am officially hooked!

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Amelia Vieira Rosado ๐Ÿฃโœจ

Glad to see your passion for coding being reignited again! I've also had burnouts (yes plural) in the past, and I definitely understand what you're getting at here. Burnout robs us of the joy in life, but with help, time and patience, it can be overcome!

Cheers! ๐Ÿป

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rounakcodes

Nice to hear that! Remember those best feelings in your life when you were hooked to solving a particular problem in spite of many failures on the way!
In my view, the will to start is the difficult part. Once you make the initial effort, the logic processing units of the brain take over.
To derive this will, I usually just reconfigure my editor (vim) or study the unused parts of vim. Helps me kick start the thinking process and leave behind the endless loop of thoughts. Then the mind is clear to focus on the actual task.

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Richard Ikin

Funnily enough I spent some time just reconfiguring the colour theme for CLion, Rider and IDEA. I also set up a settings repository for sharing between my desktop and laptop.
That was actually a nice diversion.