I just finished watching Ryuichi Sakomoto Coda
Such a great movie and what a great guy.
There's not much to spoil, it is a documentary about his life.
Soon you'll hear him saying he has cancer. He would do anything to make sure he will go through the treatment as optimal as possible. It even meant that he wasn't playing music.
Through the movie they show outtakes of live performances, his life at home, him visiting the area that was damaged by the earthquake and where radiation is still strong from the destroyed nuclear power station. He went there because there was still a piano intact and wanted to know how it sounds.
They show his passion for music. How he went to the corners of the earth to record sounds.
They show him producing sounds and the expression on his face is priceless whenever he produces something great.
In the end, he's still playing music and probably his treatment suffers or at least he's not doing the most possible optimal for it.
It made me think. If I had cancer right now, would I do the things I'm doing?
Most probably not. I would give up programming in a heartbeat. Programming never made me feel like I could express myself through it. Some will disagree.
I'm actually really not sure what I would do. But it feels like something really powerful to think about. I don't believe this immediately invalidates that I shouldn't be programming, but rather makes me think I should pick up away from the computer at least.
What would you do?