I took a sick day today, and that’s OK

I skipped work today because I’m sick: nothing terrible, nothing life threatening, I’m just—exhausted. I definitely can’t focus on code, I can’t even focus on television; so far I’ve been re-reading a favorite old novel, and looking at Twitter when I get distracted.

The world will not come to an end because I’m not working. My company won’t collapse because I took the day off. My project will not fail.

I’m sick and I’m taking the day off, and that’s OK. And if you can’t take a day off—whether because you’re sick, or just because you feel like it—then something is very very wrong.

And now… I think I’m going to lie down on the sofa.



We all make mistakes, and I’ve got 20 years’ worth: from code that crashed production every night at 4AM, to accepting a preposterously bad job offer.

Every painful failure taught me a lesson—but only after it was too late.

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