Yes, I know the old "it's never too late" and "I've left behind childish things such as the fear of being childish
" platitudes but do you REALLY believe them?
I'm asking because as of late there have been two areas in which I feel like I "missed the boat" somewhat, one in which this sentiment is less understandable and one where it's more understandable (to me at least). The first being programming. At the age of 24 I am on the verge of graduating from a Master's Degree where I first learned to program on freshman year and only had one other coursed focused on programming specifically (though I had to use it in a couple of others). I felt like I enjoyed that more than the rest of the course and I am still learning things on my spare time via the Internet but I keep being intimidated by the legions of people who claim to have been doing this since the age of 10 (hell, once I found someone claiming "If you're taking a Computer Science college course and you've never programmed before, change your major ASAP since you're pretty much doomed to fail" Would you agree? I don't.) Nevertheless I will continue since I feel it's an important skill to have.
The other hobby I feel I may be too old for is card magic and cardistry. I always liked the design of cards yet never liked card games itself so when I found a bunch of playing card projects on Kickstarter I started funding them and found a rather interesting world behind them. Here's the thing: It's LOADED with teenagers, to the point that age polls in certain websites claim that HALF the readership is in their teens and pretty much every forum is filled with kids with their own youtube channels making deck reviews and performances. This makes me QUITE uneasy since I always felt myself to be a somewhat immature person and I don't want to acquire MORE "immature habits".
So what do you think? Do you feel this kind of insecurity as well?
Any child can follow rules. True adulthood is knowing which ones to break and when.