Discovering how far we can reach is an unknown until we actually get out there with the
opportunity of finding ourselves.
For me, it was a zigzag trip. I moved from Ohio to the California desert, then to San
Francisco to study Zen. After 19 months at Zen Center I moved to Berkeley
to finish college. Originally, the plans were for me to study technical writing,
but by a serendipitous turn I discovered computers. I was years older
than my classmates, most of whom were into programming at some level; many were at
the wizard level by their freshman year. Being so far behind my
classmates meant having to work doubly hard, yet it wasn't as much burden as a challenge.
Of course college was only the starting gate. After graduation came many more chances for
self-determination: competing for jobs, and the rest of the journey--marriage,
family, learning ways of turning toward the sun whenever possible.
Every stage revealed a deeper, fuller appreciation of challenge.