When we first met, I was young. I was awkward and foolish and uncomfortable with myself. I didn’t know where I was going, who I would become, or how I would affect the world. In short, we were perfect for each other.
I remember that quirky little language that fascinated me with image rollovers, dates, and alert boxes. In those days, you were so tightly coupled to HTML; It was hard to tear you away from an onclick attribute, or from an embedded script tag. It was even harder to see what you would become. I couldn’t yet see the elegance, the beauty, and the strength that hid behind your simple facade. I certainly couldn’t tell that you would become one of the most popular languages in existence.
But I wanted to get to know you anyway. I discovered your object systems, explored your libraries, and learned your eccentricities. Your strength, in spite of – or maybe because of – your simplicity, became more obvious to me, and it became clear that you would be a major influence in my own growth. Sure, there were detractors. The browser wars were unkind, though you came out stronger. The DOM API continues to haunt you. There are those who would change you, and those who have tried. Imitators claim to be a better, stronger version of you, but I know better. They’re all the same underneath. They’re all just building on what you’ve done. Trying to steal your thunder. Every one of them.
And yet you press on. Indifferent to their attacks. Comfortable in your simplicity, and comfortable doing things your way. You’ve come into your own, and in this way, you are an inspiration to us all. You’ve remained true to yourself and succeeded. Those who know you embrace the quirks and inconsistencies, and they accept that it’s just the way you work.
When we met, I was as awkward and unknowing as you. I had my quirks, and I still do. But embracing those eccentricities has found me a place in the world. A place where I can thrive and be an inspiration.
Just like you.
I’ve grown with the language, and it’s helped me into the career I have today. I’ve become an entrepreneur in the Text Message Marketing industry, via SlickText.com, and I am one of a small team of developers for McKissock Education.