How to initialize struct fields which reference each other

Not only is there an issue with initialization, there could also be issues with destruction, if GameIterator implemented Drop: the compiler would have to know that it needs to destruct game_iter before game_window, otherwise game_window would have a reference to a destroyed GameWindowGLFW while running its drop() method.

There’s no way to pass the lifetime of the struct itself as a lifetime argument. The only thing you can do is remove the game_window field from MyGame and pass a GameWindowGLFW instance to MyGame‘s initializer. If you want to encapsulate this so that the user doesn’t need to create a GameWindowGLFW, you could write a method that creates a GameWindowGLFW and a MyGame on the stack and calls a closure that accepts a MyGame argument only.

pub struct MyGame<'a> {
    game_iter: GameIterator<'a, GameWindowGLFW>,

impl<'a> MyGame<'a> {
    fn new(game_window: &'a mut GameWindowGLFW) -> MyGame<'a> {
        MyGame {
            game_iter: GameIterator { game_window: game_window },

fn start_game(callback: |game: &mut MyGame|) {
    let mut game_window = GameWindowGLFW;
    let mut game = MyGame::new(&mut game_window);
    callback(&mut game);

fn main() {
    start_game(|game| {
        /* use game here */

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