When asked to draw an illuminated letter of my first initial and think of 5 courageous acts from my life for Lilla Roger’s bootcamp assignment, the first thing that came to mind was my many “brave” career changes. I started over at least 4 or 5 times in my life: from engineering to hydrogeology then leaving academia to start coding for internet startups, drafting and model making in architecture, returning to the web and brand new UX field, and now illustration.
While doodling my S, it looked to me as a chute like in the game of snakes and ladders and for fun I added a ladder to it. It may be brave to start over but there can be a fine line between courage and foolishness. Had I been brave enough to follow my heart from the beginning perhaps I wouldn’t have had to start over this many times!
And now that I’m “there”, having art as my career, I’m finding there are still more chutes and ladders! I guess no matter what we do there will always be the need to start over in one area of life or another. And I find this realization kind of freeing. Does it matter which ladder I’m on? Not really. So why fret about it, the climb is what makes life interesting!
UPDATE: You might like this print I since created and that's now in my shop:
Or its companion notebook!