I was thinking about this statement today, and I remembered a story I neglected to tell.
Chris had a project to do in his gifted eighth-grade English class this year. I mention that it was a gifted class for two reasons: (1) it's a Mom brag thing, and (2) they can do more odd assignments than regular classes. Anyway, his project was to accomplish something substantial. Big and open-ended. The teacher knew what the kids were capable of, and the kids knew the teacher's expectations.
Chris decided to create a video game. I will admit, I was skeptical. I really didn't think he could do it, and I worried that he would be setting himself up for frustration. I wondered if he would spend more time playing on the computer than on doing his assignment (he did get distracted, but not as much as I feared).
Anyway, he did it. He found something that he was interested in, researched it, delved in, and accomplished it. Chris wrote, designed, and produced a video game, complete with plot, characters, landscape, and animation. He did a hard thing, and I'm proud of him. And although it's hard to eat crow, I'll say it. You were right, buddy. Good for you!