I am 37 years old. I’m doing OK in life, but there is something in the back of my head. Something that I can’t see to shake. I’m one of those people who’re asking themselves the question “Am I too old to become a….”

You might have been there yourself in the past. After spending your life chasing down that steady job and making sure those bills are paid and those mouths are fed. But in the back of your mind, there is that little voice saying “I wish I was a…”

In my case, I’ve always has a passion to be involved in the future. To me, that means technology – it means computers, software, space technologies and Artificial intelligence.

I’ve never had the aptitude to get into it. I always thought “Naw. It’s beyond my reach. That’s a young person’s game.” – and even after I got must 1st class degree in software engineering, I still felt like I wasn’t capable and so I focussed on what I was good at; Digital Marketing and community management.

But I wish that I was a VR developer

Ever Since VR started to sneak into the ‘mainstream’ in 2016, I have wanted to get involved. The idea of creating this ‘Virtual Metaverse’ that will allow people to enjoy new experiences and express themselves in new ways really appeals to me. I started to dream of being a VR Developer – So much so, infact, that I made my own gawdaful VR app to help people practice public speaking.

This image shows an example of the virtual reality application that I made at university.

Since then, however, I have let my passion take a back-seat and jumped onto what I know best. It’s now 2020 and we’re in the pandemic era. More than ever, I can see the potential for VR. I see it as a tool that will connect people all around the world and allow them to come together to collaborate, connect and unite like never before.

Those hard-working people that have pioneered the efforts of VR and those who have dug their heels in deep have started to pave the way forward. I have decided that at the ripe-old age of 36 that I want to stand with them in this new frontier.

I want to become an architect for this new virtual metaverse that’s on the horizon.

The Road to Becoming a VR Developer

So, that brings us to today. The goal: To become a full-time VR developer and earn enough money to pay those bills while doing something that I love.

I have decided to start blogging about my journey for the following reasons:

  1. It will help motivate me and keep me working towards my goal
  2. The knowledge I learn can be shared with others
  3. It will help to demonstrate the effort that I put in and the skills I learn.

I am under no illusion that VR isn’t the domain of old men. There are a lot of talented young developers out there who are hungry to get into this world. They want to become developers and make a name for themselves in the industry.

But that’s OK. I’ve got the will, I’ve got a lot of applicable experience, and I’ve got some damn good ideas for this new reality.

Okay – Let’s do this – Gogogogo!

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