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Lately I have been practicing/correcting the way I type. This was mostly prompted by my recent purchase of my first ever mechanical keyboard, but it's also because it has just dawned on me that, for the longest time, I have only been typing using two or three fingers! I have been using Monkeytype for a few days now to familiarize my hands again with this device I thought I had already fully grasped. One exercise that that site has is to type in random quotes from various sources, and one excerpt taken from Bill Waterson's commencement speech surprisingly struck me:

Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth. You'll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you're doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you'll hear about them.

To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it's still allowed, and I think you'll be happier for the trouble.

This pretty much summed up what I have been feeling about the whole adult talk about "career" and "long term goals" in life. I can't and don't want to see myself "climbing the ladder," and would just rather be a "flake" as I use my paycheck to afford myself more time and space to fully discover the greater purpose of my life.