Life is never a smooth ride. There are ups and downs. But that is what makes life interesting. And most of the times it is not the big things that make or break things, it is the little things that matter. It is little drops of water and tiny grains of sand that make the ocean. I’ve been taught that since I was a kid. Yet, I don’t know how this happened!
It all looked okay to me from the beginning. This was something new and I was glad. There were a lot of things that I learned on the way, most importantly patience! There were times when the wait seemed forever and I would count to infinity to calm myself down. Nothing in life easy. So I put my anger behind and learned the virtue of patience. There were hiccups. But some deep breaths, endless cups of tea, innumerable calls and countless meetings later things always used to get better. After a long day, I would always go back happy and I slept like a baby all night. But that is not the case now.
I knew there was some trouble brewing but I never thought it would be so bad. I knew something was wrong because I could see you go red with anger. I never thought things would blow out of proportion this way. You told me that something wasn’t right but I just didn’t know what was it that I was doing wrong or where exactly was my mistake. I tried finding out. Again some deep breaths, endless cups of tea, innumerable calls, countless meetings but this time it didn’t work out. I ran around the place looking for any help that I could find. Many tried to help me but no one knew what was wrong. Repeated the same! Deep breaths, endless cups of tea, innumerable calls, countless meetings, crazy head scratching, not to forget the continuos head banging. Days passed by. I opened many files to check if things were fine, but they all said that things were okay. But there was a problem right? I even asked Google what to do. Google gave me numerous results, but none that actually answered my question. Google never understood me or my pain. It was a dead end. I asked what was the problem again, but then I got the same standard response. No change, no clue whatsoever to what the problem. All I saw was a dead end and hope was dying.
And then I did the deep breaths, endless cups of tea and phone call thing again. It took a while, but now I could see the light. Someone finally helped me find what the problem was. Such a small thing, but what havoc it wrecked! I didn’t whether to laugh at it or whether to cry, whether to breathe a sigh of relief or to just vent my anger out! For all that was missing was a ‘/’ How did I not see that! How I mean how! Why do ‘/’, ‘*’, ‘;’, and so on act like this? Why do they need so much attention! Oops I forgot! They are ‘special’ characters.
Wondering what this is about? A missing ‘/’ ruined my day or rather the last couple of days. There was some error but it didn’t tell me where I was wrong. Going through I don’t know how many files and looking for something when you don’t know what you are looking for can make you turn crazy and can make you write posts like this! Finally the problem is solved. Thanks to one of my colleagues who helped me find the problem. A day in the life of a software engineer.