The road to become one, however, is long and hard. There are many skills one has to learn, and a lot of physical training one has to undergo to achieve it. Could I make it if I started today, and dedicated every day of my life improving myself physically and mentally? Maybe. But I would have to play catch-up with everyone else.
My life experience has been different from most. I'm not all that good at physical activities, I stopped doing martial arts because I couldn't handle it anymore, plus I have a problem with my left foot that causes me trouble if I do certain kinds of movements. I haven't studied all that much in my schooling years either, and I'm fairly certain I don't have any grades on any subject lying around, but even the one that I do have, that got me my current job, feels like it was more of a "he did good enough" than actual evidence of my skills in that area.
I'd have to train a lot of basic things, just so I could qualify to for the more advanced ones, and that would make it take a lot longer to complete. I decided that space is a dream that's just too far away from my reach.
There is, however, another one. It's not quite as strong as the first, but it's there, and it's so close that I can almost touch it. And with it, I think "So what if I can't go to space? I'll just have space come to me!" (I hope I used the expression correctly in this case, or I might look mighty silly right about now)
Live to create, one step at a time, each step a bit closer to your dreams
Game design, as a passion, is really hard for me. I'm continuously learning new things about myself that I didn't even think I had, and every time I do, my outlook changes. But when I feel that I've reached my end, when game design feels like it's just not worth it and I leave, I always come back to it. Every. Single. Time.
I realized: While I want to achieve my own dreams, to make the things I truly want to make, I can't ignore the smaller, less grandiose projects that help me achieve those dreams. They deserve to be loved just as much as I would love my own child, for without them, I wouldn't be half the designer I think I am.
I may not be able to go to space, but what I do while I remain on this planet can inspire others to look up at the stars themselves, and maybe, just maybe, one of them will be so inspired that they will make it their own dream to head up there, and train themselves every day in order to achieve that dream.
If that happens, then I will live the rest of my life satisfied with what I have been able to do with it.
~Jonas 'Taroku' Jakobsen
P.S. We both know that I can't keep a regular schedule, so I won't even pretend that I can anymore. These posts will just have to be written whenever I feel like it :P I also tend to switch in and out of whatever project I'm working on, (Which is apparently not uncommon for game makers) so I wont talk about them unless I feel I actually have something interesting to talk about.
P.S. This post is brought to you by: Space Brothers! The anime about two brothers training to become astronauts!