Lack of Tinkering
I read something profound by Tom Lazar on Planet Plone yesterday. Unfortunately his site is having some difficulties at the moment so I can't give you a working link to his post (and it's now scrolled off the bottom of the Planet Plone page), but I have a quote thanks to Google's cache:
That last sentence stung. Ten years ago, I had too much tinkertime. I had so much, partially because of a severe knee injury that limited my previously active lifestyle, that I pretty much ignored everyone. It was bad.
Then when we had Cyan, I was so used to doing my own thing I continued to ignore my family. It wasn't until Cyan was about 2.5 years old that I realized there was a problem and it was serious. Thankfully it wasn't too late.
Now in 2006, tinkering is at the opposite extreme. I do not tinker. At all. I haven't worked on a personal programming project in a LONG, LONG time. I still have a ton of ideas and things I want to do but they never get started, never mind finished. This is a source of constant disappointment for me.
I spend more time with my family now. I could spend more but I think I spend a healthy amount of time with my family as-is, at least, I think I do.
But I agree with Tom, a geek does need to tinker. I'll have to figure something out.