I should’ve known I would’ve ended up liking typography and lettering as a young child, but I never tapped into my passions and loves. If there’s one thing I really regret in my life, it’s that I didn’t take what I knew about myself and run with it. Here I am at 27 finally doing what I know I wanted to know all these years, so in a way, my regret isn’t really a regret.
It’s just another lesson learned and some mighty redemption.
The same quote never means the same thing during different stages of your life.
Timing is such a strange and ephemeral idea. It has the power to bring the happiest and the saddest moments in life. It could be the difference between
life or death
your future spouse or a love lost
on time or late
funny or pointless
Here’s what I’ve learned about timing of late: Just let it sink in. Let it be what it is and appreciate it for what it is in the most objective way as possible. Everything happens for a reason, even the suffering and misery. You’re going to be better and greater tomorrow because of it, even if today, it doesn’t feel that way. Cry, scream, and cuss if you need to. When life throws you those curve balls, tell them “FUCK YOU”, then smile knowing full well that simply by smiling, you’ve already won half the battle.
As my coworker always says, “It’s gonna be great.”
And it will. Maybe not right now or even today, but it will. 🙂
The idea to keep working hard to have your work match the level of your ambition is a great thought with a new year just beginning. I’ve worked myself to the bone the past 3 years teaching 1st grade and dedicated my time, money, and energy into my students, my curriculum, and my craft. Teaching is a science and an art. There are standards and data and analyzing and problem solving. Then there’s the engagement factor– you can’t captivate and activate bright minds without making it fun, interesting, and relatable.
I know I can continue to do more, but overall, I’m beginning to feel like for 1st grade… my work has surpassed my ambition.
What I’m saying is.. I’m ready for the next challenge. It’s one I’ve been on the fence about forever, but I think it’s time to make a giant leap of faith and just DO. On that note, I’m starting classes at UCBerkeley Extension in 2 weeks. 🙂
What is the “work” that you want to match your ambition in 2015?