Well, it's now official, with papers signed and dates set! I'm now signed up as the latest employee of a game development company in London, Ontario. I will be writing games and getting to see my work be used by more than just the people around me.
This thrills me to bits, although there is one drawback. London is about 600 kilometres from Ottawa, my hometown around which most of my friends and family reside. That being said though, it's the only significant drawback. For anyone reading this who doesn't know me, writing games is my "dream job". I've been programming since I was about eight years old, when I recieved my Dad's old hand-me-down Commodore VIC20. I got into writing full sized PC games in my early high school years, and quickly realized that this was the career I wanted. Ever since then I've been slowly working toward that career, and am very happy to say I have just taken a major leap forward - into exactly the position I sought.
I have to admit, I'm finding myself very stressed about it all. Starting a new job is stressful. Needing to learn the tools, the people, the environment. Moving into a new and unfamiliar city is also quite stressful. Put the two of them together and you've got more stress than you can shake a stick at. As I type this though, I realize that I've actually got it pretty easy in that respect. Take my sister, Rachel. She moved to Korea... oh... five years ago? eight years ago... teaching English as a second language. She excelled at it of course, and also met her love and started a family, but the initial stress of moving to a completely alien environment, on the other side of the world, to do a job you've never tried before, puts my own concerns to shame.
That being said, I think I'm going to save up a bit of money and buy a motorbike. That will allow me to get back to this end of the lake and visit friends and family much more quickly and easily than I could on my bicycle. In the mean time, I have a month to prepare for the new job and new home, and I do believe I'll do some studying.