My last proper post was more than a month ago because of work. Specifically, a single project that has taken up my every waking moment. That is, every brain-working waking moment.
It's an enormous project and has taken more than 7 months to get to where we are today....nowhere close to finished. Thankfully, my primary part in it is almost finished.
A few weeks ago, I passed on a small part of the project to my team to take to the next stage.
This week, I had the opportunity to see the beginning of the results of my work.
Being an incredibly critical person, I spotted the flaws immediately. At the time, I wasn't excited, I was just critical.
Last night, at the office of the client, I showed one of the employees the work that had been done. Part of my job, obviously, is talking up what's been done and getting them excited about it. So, I hurried over the flaws and showed him the brilliance of what had been done.
By the time I was done, I was bursting with excitement. I wanted to shriek like a kid who had just received the toy of their dreams. It's amazing! It's beautiful! It works! It... it.... it... aaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!! It's ALIVE! The ideas, the pictures I had in my head, are being actualized.
It's funny, because the amount of work completed is 1/10,000th of the amount of work that still needs to be done.
I don't get excited about the results of my work very often. Don't get me wrong- I'm obsessed with my work. However, being neck deep in mind-twisting, unending solution-searching work, never mind the times where it gets tedious and mind-numbing, is exhausting.
For the first time since I started this project, I'm not only excited beyond imagining, I'm completely refreshed. I don't want to sleep. I don't want to do anything but work and finish this. The faster I finish, the faster I get to see more of the project completed.
Right now, this project is turning into something incredible. I can't even imagine what it will be like when it's finished.
It has taken hundreds upon hundreds of hours of work until this point, and will take many hours more, but the way I'm feeling now, I can't wait to do it.
I didn't think of this until just now, but the title is only partially correct. Not only is it, the project, coming alive, it's taking me along with it. That, I suspect, is what truly loving a job is all about.