School didn’t teach us about owning what we do. Rather, it put us through a process of following a specific set of guidelines so that we can keep on moving to the next step up. It didn’t teach us how to take pride in our projects, or how to use our interests towards our craft, and that’s okay.
Maybe our romanticized idea of a designer meant wearing fancy clothes, having a well curated living space, being able to talk about kerning, knowing all the Adobe shortcuts, or eating fancy meals all the time.
Maybe all the schooling didn’t equate to the outcome.
We don’t have to force ourselves to fit the label, as long as we can find one that fits us instead.
It’s easy to stop ourselves from what we want to do due to being self-conscious about how we’ll look to others.
Should I sing out loud? Probably not, people will think it’s strange.
Will I look stupid if I call her name more than 3 times in a row if she doesn’t see me?
If I post this on Instagram, will it be cool enough and get more likes than the last time?
But finally, does it matter?
It’s silly, but it’s real and it doesn’t stop coming. So what’s left that we can do?
If it’s important enough to us, if it’ll make somebody else’s day better, if it’s something we’ve got to say, then ignoring the voice of resistance might bring more value than worrying about how we look from the outside.
Taking on a new job position. Starting a Youtube channel. Committing to a daily blog. Moving homes. Going freelance. Registering a new business. Diving into a new social circle.
Leaps are as exciting as they are nerve-racking.
Sometimes they’re our only way to stay afloat.
The question of what’s next? allows us to keep moving forward when we’re feeling stuck. It’s also worth nothing that it’s always possible to start again when we really have to. We can turn over the page and begin again from zero at any time.