At some point in time, every child would have received a Rubik’s Cube as a gift. Or they might have been fascinated by the challenge and made their parents buy one for them.
I was in the third category: my interest was flamed by criticism. When I was in the 12th grade, I was hanging out with a friend and their cousin. The cousin easily solved a 3×3 cube, while I was left in the dust. They mocked me for not being able to solve it. That made me resolve not only to learn how to solve a cube, but to do it fast!
This determination grew into interest and turned into a lifelong passion. I even participated in competitions. The most memorable was when I consecutively solved the 3×3, 4×4 and 5×5 in the quickest time. And I’m proudest of the time I solved a 9×9 cube. The love only grew when I found out I could use algorithms to solve them in under a minute!
Today, I have a collection of close to 25 cubes.
I like the fact that the cube taught me patience. And every single time, it tests my analytical capabilities. I aspire to solve every Rubik’s cube I come across. And collect them and pass them on to my kids as my legacy!