I’ve spent a lot of years buying my kids great computers, surrounding them with programming books, even taking them to work related events where geeks talk about programming.
But I never tried to force them into following a programming career. But knowing they know computers is still important.
My son handed me a rock when he was 12. He asked me to take it to my then boss. My then boss was a genius. He invented raster-graphics, has a ton of patents in WiFi and networking, but he was a trained Geologist.
My then boss talked to me for an hour about that rock. And I came home and told my son, “this is an awesome rock”. I did not remember the technical, but non-computer related details that my ex-boss shared. They were extensive, and impressive. Just not memorable (to me).
Now, many years later, my son declared his Major – in Geology. The guy has always loved rocks. And found fossils, and perhaps even a couple meteorites.
I know he will be a better Geologist because he also knows computers. But his passion is in rocks, so I applaud him.
Follow the passion. If you are doing what you love to do, you will probably be happy.