Dealing with the quarter life crisis

As the end of university draws closer and closer, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. This seems to be the time where everyone starts thinking & worrying about their future. It’s what my friends and I jokingly refer to as a “quarter life crisis”.

Being a designer in the digital age is – I imagine – totally different than how it was almost 20 years ago. Instant gratification is everywhere, thanks to the AJAXified pages of the internet. There’s now more opportunities than ever, but also a ridiculous amount of competition. Take Dribbble as an example; there’s an insane amount of amazing content uploaded every single day. It’s almost impossible to design in a vacuum anymore with the constant barrage and influence from others.

In a lot of ways, that can be a good thing. But it also contributes even further to the problem all aspiring creatives have – you always think that your work isn’t good enough. Especially for those who’re just starting out, it’s not easy to be confident about your work. (insert Ira Glass quote here).

So to everyone in the same boat as myself, young designers surrounded by the amazing work and achievements of our peers, just remember. We’re still young. I’m 20, for god’s sake! We have so much time to hone our skills, build up our reputation and find what we truly want to do. It’s easy to look at everyone jumping straight into full time work and think that we have to get to that point as quickly as possible.

But time isn’t running out. Any opportunities you have now will be around in the future if it’s meant to be. If you’re passionate about design, there’s no rush! Take your time, do what feels right and try to ignore what everyone else is doing. That’s what I’m trying to do.

Even so, I’m not deleting my Dribbble account just yet…