Contributing to open source takes 2 willing parties

So I made a contribution that was merged into the core of the new Laravel 4 framework about a week back, it was incredibly minor, but I was nervous about submitting the pull request for it. After it being accepted soon after, any nerves I had disappeared, not about that request, that would just be stupid, but about contributing to large, very active, open source projects. Here's why.

When you grow up you, tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

Steve Jobs