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Don't Stop. Ever.

Written By Josh (wolfjmz),  06/06/2021

So I just watched the movie Rock Dog - and the movie itself is pretty bad. But the overall message of the movie is clear. A son wants to leave the home and the town to go find what their purpose or their spark or fire is. Call it a spark, fire, passion, purpose, desire, we all have it. We all have the things that drive us into the future and give us hope and joy and make us who we are. A lot of us will spend years looking for it or trying to find it is, and most of us will find that idea, that sense of belonging and then find a reason to not take it.

For me, the part about wanting to leave the safety, familiarity and comfort of family is hugely relatable. I am the first born in my family and that means I had to do everything first. Elementary school, learning how to ride a bike, getting my driver's permit, getting my car, graduating high school, I had to do it all first. I never really did and still don't understand the significance of those moments in my life, and I'm only in my mid 20s.

I knew from a young age I'd go and want to do something with technology and computers, something my parents didn't really understand or know about, so I think for them, it was scary for me to go off and do my own thing and find my own way. See, I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone. My parents knew my teachers before I knew them - it didn't help my dad was a high school teacher and taught in the same building as my high school and that the elementary school was right across the street - literally a 300ft walk with connected parking lots.

I knew my parents were scared and worried and excited when I moved to college and then eventually to where I am now where I do development for shipping software, something our world desparately needs right now. I'm not sure what my parents wanted me to go into or go do - one of them is a doctor and the other is a retired teacher so maybe I was supposed to follow in those shoes?

I guess for me the other super relatable part is when the son is running in an open field and a plane drops all this stuff from the sky as it flies over (on accident) and one of the items is a radio and after messing with the stations for a while, he tunes into an interview with a super popular rock star and the rock star goes and says - "Don't ever stop. Even when your dad tells you to. Don't stop. Ever." And I guess that's kind of what I did and what this son in the movie did.

I think my parents were and still are scared of the unknowns and such, I mean they grew up with pong, I grew up with laptops and Mario and Windows XP. Technology has come so far in such a short time that a lot of people really still don't understand just how far we've come. And even I think that's scary - both that and how far we've gotten. But, I guess that's what I would say to anyone facing the struggle of doing something their parents aren't sure about. Don't stop. Ever.

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Josh (wolfjmz)

Josh aka jammerxd and wolfjmz is a dedicated software developer and IT professional. Growing up in a small town in Minnesota to going to college in St Cloud, Josh is currently working as a junior software developer in the Twin Cities/Metro area. Josh is best known for his work in the Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator gaming communities creating Truckers Data Logger(TDL), ETCARS, and Truckler. Josh has also spent over 5 years involved in supporting the Minnesota VEX Robotics program by volunteering at live events, all the way up to the state championship and VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, KY (now hosted in Dallas, TX). Josh is also known as a video production guru specializing in broadcasting technologies and hardware performance setups.