In 2005 I graduated high school with decent grades, lifetime friends and no real plans. I was clueless as to what to do next.
College? sure, ok. I was the first one in my family to ever graduate high school and the road to success seemed pretty straightforward: Go to college, get a degree and make money. I had no idea what to actually study, so I decided to take Business classes, since that seemed a reasonable route to help me in my money making.
I hated numbers. They confused me. I never wanted to understand them.
I've always loved art; drawing came naturally to me, singing seemed to come from within me, reading was a passion. Why did I decide to go against it when initially deciding my future life? Because it wasn't safe.
A few years later, I was still dazed and confused about what I was doing in life, but I began to slowly dip my feet into the world of photography and graphic design. I was instantly captivated. I had no idea what I was doing, but I LOVED it. I thirsted for it. I had to keep learning.
I didn't take college courses for these. I taught myself just by doing. By making mistakes. By looking up tutorial videos and pausing and rewinding every few seconds because I wanted to get every step EXACTLY right.
I look back at my first works and I can't help but laugh at my old self. It used to take me hours to do something back then that now takes me mere moments. I laugh at my old self, but I also respect my old self. I kept at it. I kept learning.
I still keep learning. I'm considered a professional in my field (crazy!) but yet, I continue to thirst. I still search up tutorial videos and pause and rewind every few moments because I want to get every step just right. But I'm in love! I love this process. I love creating. I love bringing dreams to reality.
That, my dear friend, is my advice to you: Do what you love. If you find yourself intrigued by the world of photography, but are intimidated by all of the buttons and functions: fear not. Pick it up and start playing around. Make mistakes. Learn. Pause the tutorial videos a million times. You'll continue to learn and eventually look back and laugh. In the meantime: