It’s a new year, so we’re all thinking about change and resolutions. The gym will fill up and I’ll get cranky. And as of January 1, 2015, I am putting the pressure on myself to make this freelance designer thing work. 2014 was the year to get used to the idea and figure things out. Now I confidently assert that I am a graphic designer and this shop is open for business.
In my past life, I studied classical voice performance with peers who blow my mind. Since graduation we have spread out across Canada and into Europe. Some of my classmates have become honest-to-goodness musicians and others like me have changed paths: art gallery curator, lawyer, architect. I am so proud of all of them for following their passions – even, or especially, when they didn’t find the right fit the first time around.
I’ve been collecting blog posts (and one podcast) about change that I find reassuring; other people have switched gears in the middle of things. This is what they have to say:
ONE / “A ship at harbour is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.”
TWO / “It’s never too late to make a change.”
THREE / A store opened, closed, then opened again. “Knowing that things can absolutely fall apart and go down the shitter in a matter of months has actually given me confidence to move forward boldly.”
FOUR / “Whenever you think it’s the end, it’s probably just the start of something else.” Also, her parents supported her until she was 30 and then she became successful and now buys her own things. Comforting AND inspirational.
To all you path-changers out there: congratulations on having the courage to start over (or at least pretending you do).