Thursday, June 30, 2011

Not Regarding Whether to Stand Tall, But Where

The structure was all that remained of the high school, and was indeed just a box. It was a marvel that it stood. Kyle knocked on the window of one of the doors, and the inhabitants looked up at him. They were clustered around three people, each clearly distinct from the others. One stood tall, all in black, arms crossed and a smirk on his face. The second faced him, wearing a red shirt, and was growing an impressive afro. Between them sat the third, with closely cropped hair, elation hiding within the eyes of his stony face, and a laptop resting on his legs, fingers poised.

The one with the laptop did not look up, but the other two, and the rest among them, looked over at him. Somebody opened the door and invited him in.
-Excerpt from "The Meek" by Ace Edmonds

Despite my life's dream, I have no desire to be in any sort of spotlight. I don't have the face, body, posture, or temperament for it. Sure, I do enjoy open mics and poetry readings, but when it comes to anything else, I work better--and prefer--behind the scenes.

I don't need the appreciation of the end-user to feel good about my work--only that of my peers. Appreciation from people who have at least some degree of understand of the work I do gives far more satisfaction, than I get from end-users, for whom I might as well be performing magic to achieve their desired results.

There's far more effort put into building something with my hands, either physically or by tapping on a keyboard, than by waving a magic wand. Anyone who at least knows of the effort, if not actually having known and experienced the effort themselves, is more likely to have an appropriate degree of understanding and appreciation to my work.

When you go to see a theatre play, who do applaud: the actors on stage, or the grounds crew who change the scenes and control the lights? When you see a movie, do you read more closely the names of people who performed, or the names of people who created the special effects? Which names are you more inclined to remember?

Not many people will answer the latter, because they are not in a position to appreciate the hard work. I take an effort to read the names, even if I don't always remember them, but I do appreciate their hard work.