Life is unpredictable.
We spend so much time planning things like where we’ll live, what we’ll study, when we’ll marry, and what career path we’ll pursue. Plans carry a lot of weight because they define who we are and who we’re going to be. They also stress us out when they fall through.
After 6 years in tech, I don’t think I’ve had one job that stayed the same for one year. It caused a ton of anxiety in my early twenties. I didn’t mind the variation. What concerned me was whether or not I was moving forward to something where I could make more money and be happier. I had no North Star.
After discovering my North Star (User Experience Design), I figured it would be relatively smooth cruising. I’d prototype like a madwoman for a couple years, become a Sr. Designer, and then manage my own team.
You’d think that after one year of anxiety therapy in my early twenties and 6 years of tech experience, I’d have this figured out by now. I don’t. My role is still changing (making me feel like the kitten below) and I’m going to have to reevaluate who I am and where I want to go. I guess the key is to do it gracefully.