If I had to do it all over again, I would do things a little bit differently. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, right? I say it all the time. Seriously. All the time. Two years ago I told everyone I know that if I had to do it all over again I would have gone to trade school right out of grade 12 and now I would be a carpenter or a plumber or an electrician. A year ago I told everyone I know that if I had to do it all over again I would have gone to NSCC and taken programming and become a coder out of high school. A week ago I told people that if I had to do it all over again I would have gone to school to do graphic design with a web specialization. Detecting a pattern? I have a lot of ideas and a lot of skills I’d like to master. In the case of trades, I thought it would make me more financially stable. In the case of coding, it would make me an ideal candidate for hundred jobs at a thousand startups right now. And in the case of design, it’s because I just find it inherently beautiful and interesting. But there’s a secret. It’s all lies.
I don’t want to be a carpenter, or a coder, or a designer. I want to be exactly what I am. I’m a student. I WILL learn how to woodwork. I WILL learn how to code. I WILL learn to design effectively and beautifully. And now I’ve realized something super important. You can be everything you’ve ever wanted to be, all at once, if you want to be. Virtually anything that you are not currently achieving is due to one thing. You.
Don’t yell at me. I’m not saying that you’re a terrible person. Or lazy. Or dumb. You’re not. Probably. What I’m saying is that there are so many ways that you can learn anything these days. While you may not be able to become a ballet dancer, you can certainly learn graphic design. (I’d strongly recommend reading Grid Systems by Kimberly Elam. It’s been a wonderful jumping off point for me). You might not build your own house, but I’ve already replaced a toilet and a whole wack of deck planks.
If you really want something, go get it. If you need help, there should be a tonne of people in your life that support you in your endeavor. If there aren’t, give me a call. I’m a helluva good listener.