Thursday, March 21, 2013

It's like the Universe is speaking to me...

I posted a little creative inspiration earlier this week and then a few days later I stumbled upon this blog post by Chris Edington of SLANT Media, a creative marketing and design firm in Charleston and Greenville. 
via SLANT Media

Lately I've been struggling a lot with my career path, or more accurately, lack thereof.  I have a degree and experience in my field of interest... I even had a job using that degree (a rare feat these days) up until last year.  I traded it in for something else.  For personal and financial reasons, it was the right move at the time but I have spent the entirety of my new employment longing to return to a creative environment.

A large part of my struggle, much like everyone else, is figuring out what I want to be when I grow up.  I have always been passionate about design and I often think that's what I should pursue.  The obstacle at first was limited access to Adobe Creative Suite.  It's not exactly the most reasonably priced program on the market and they only let you download those free trials so many times.  But even now that I have those beautiful little icons sitting on my desktop, they've been clicked less times than I care to admit.  

I know I am the only thing holding myself back.  The seemingly gargantuan task of learning the different keystrokes and techniques intimidates me.  And being the perfectionist that I am, I worry that I won't be great right away.  I've been putting off diving back into it again but reading this article helped me to realize why I shouldn't.

Am I creative enough?
Well, it is a word others have used to describe me before... so that totally counts, right?

Will I ever be good at it?
As with anything, practice makes perfect.  Duh.

I don't even know what to make. 
Fortunately, I don't have to.  Not yet, at least.

It was exactly what I needed to hear and the timing could not have been more perfect.  It's like this guy just gets me.  I mean, he quotes Bob Ross for crying out loud.  Do I really need to say anything more?