I quickly started to realize the lack of imagination in my work to impact material reality of my people, like access to affordable housing and nutritious food.
I was so frustrated because I couldn’t do anything to solve these kinds of problems, and I didn’t want to say it's somebody else's job to do it!
I didn’t feel fully capable of building up my community. Worst of all, I didn’t feel confident in my ability to make things different. I felt like even though I was successful in my professional life, I couldn’t figure out how to upgrade my community's quality of life. I desperately wanted my skill set for creating systems to translate to the material conditions of the people around me.
This isn't the society I imagine for my kids! Something needed to change! With my life, I didn’t have years to spend studying Physics textbooks or technical engineering manuals every day. So I started learning from real-world experimenters and documenting their insights and knowledge.
I collaborated and helped make an accessible curriculum, tested it with other hardware newbies, and made real-world products to support my community. I developed detailed, delightfully instructive tool-building walkthroughs. Everything I dared to dream became so in-reach, I felt like I was skipping years of study to think like an engineer. To my surprise, my ability to design real-world objects developed faster than I could imagine.