I have never been able to decide whether it is my rural background, my upbringing or my personality that has limited me over the years. I expect that a lot of the time it was low self esteem that made it look as though any sort of dream to achieve anything was futile and would only lead to failure and frustration. In fact, I am not even sure that I was any sort of dreamer as a child at all…
What did I want to be when I grew up? A nurse, because Mum was… never a thought given to what a nurse does – eeewwww (no disrespect Jack… in fact, molto respecto… really.)
What was I good at? Ummmmm ….regurgitating useless information…..
What was I encouraged to do? Quick, get a job, somewhere safe… (a bank! GAH!)
The fact is I am a rather creative creature… As a young’n I was encouraged to grow in areas that are less than creative because they were apparently safer… And as such, it is only now that I have been able to look at myself in any kind of creative light! And I’m 36 years old!!!
So now, having been encouraged to grow in one area and learning another I find myself with a unique sort of skill set and it is proving quite exciting to see where it can all go… You see, over the weekend I have been approached by two acquaintances who are interested in having me build websites for them! All this at the same time that I have been building my own, my first one from scratch.
I am far from experienced and have so much to learn but it seems that there are a large number of people in my group of friends who are finding out that the sky is the limit and the only thing that gets in the way is our perception of ourselves and our capabilities…
That and cash…
> That and cash…
Embrace the creativity! I think that we have to, as Fi said, step away from the parental influence in order to make our own way: which may include mistakes (I’ve had my share, and then some), but is a great period nonetheless.
I think it’s a gradual building up of confidence over your late 20s/early thirties – you step away from your parents’ influence, get over the wannabe period of the early 20s and actually realise that you are, in fact, bloody great!
Lotsa luck in your new venture :)