Programming/hacking is a lifelong thing. Even with that, a lot of it is scripting. I don’t care if I’m writing the entire code myself or if I’m piecing together programs written by others; I just want a task done when I want it done and I don’t care how I have to get it done when I want it.
I follow whatever my inspiration is at the moment.
School was always just kinda there. I’d do my work and get good grades and of course I’d try but I never really worried if something was late or on time or perfect; I just did my best and said, “Here ya go”. Like you say – a pleasant self-torture.
Sometimes the stuff I learned in class had nothing to do with the lessons but about the people around me. I learned about nice people and assholes, liars, troublemakers, rule followers, rule breakers and I always felt I was a little contrary to all of that. They’d form groups, and I’d stay a loner, but I was always pleasant to people. I never saw any good excuse to be rude, although sometimes my sense of humor would get me in trouble. [I try to be sensitive to ppls feelings, but sometimes I’d fail]