I've had some time off from work and school this holiday season, which has resulted in a bit of a high time for me. I've been able to really sit, reflect, read, and soak in all the inspiration around me. There is nothing like a new year to inspire a truly fresh and new start to things. It's one of my favourite times of year, and I can't help but feel so thankful for the extra down time to really breathe it all in.
One thing I've been thinking about a lot is my career in the field of graphic design. I'm part way through my school program, and I can't help but notice that the more I am immersed in it all, the more and more I feel passionate about the direction I'm headed. I keep thinking to myself, "I can't wait until I'm finished this program so I can start making beautiful graphic stuff!" But then comes the obvious question of why do I have to wait?
I think part of me wants to wait. I want to do it right. I want to do it well. I'm scared to start now because there is still so much learning left to do. But isn't there always going to be so much learning left to do? I've always been one of the firmest believers in the fact that we will never stop learning - that we should never stop learning. Our experiences, interests, and challenges at different stages of our lives are always going to push us in new directions. We're never going to be satisfied enough to feel like we have it all figured out.
And it should be this way. How else will we experience fulfillment, excitement, satisfaction, and the good types of fear? You just have to take a step. Any step. In any direction. And then another step. And then another. And maybe each step you take leads you in a different direction but at least you have taken steps. You're never going to get anywhere unless you push yourself, one step at a time, to move. So I'm starting. I'm taking a step. This isn't going to be perfect, or neatly packaged, or cohesive - yet - but I'm beginning. At least I'm moving, and by moving, at least I'm trying.
I think it's time to take your step too.