By the time you read this, I'll be relaxing in Queenstown, New Zealand, at this beautiful eco accomodation. I'm taking a five day weekend, which is the longest break I've had since returning to NZ last June. Today is also my birthday. I'm 24, which sounds waaay too adult for my liking. Yes, I know, I'm YOUNG. I can practically hear you yelling at me from across cyberspace! I actually had a bit of an internal battle about whether to mention my age at all.
I started this biz when I was 22, and I felt like if I told people how old I was they might think I was too immature or inexperienced to trust with their design projects.
There's a social stigma attached to age, especially with all this talk of how entitled and impatient Gen-Y kids are. They say we don't know the meaning of hard work; that we expect everything to be handed to us, like, yesterday. But I can honestly say I've met so many kick-ass women in their twenties who are out there changing the world, and hustling hard to achieve their dreams.
It's not that we don't respect the choices mades by our parents' generation. It's that now, more than ever, we're aware of our ability and responsibility to shift the paradigm of what's possible. We don't want to silence our intuition, give up our passions, or spend our whole lives working to build someone else's dream while we struggle to make ends meet. And the beauty of technology is that we know we can choose a different path, because we've seen others do it already. I think one of the most amazing things about the internet is the sheer amount of possibility it opens up for us.
If you're in your twenties, it doesn't necessarily mean you don't have enough experience.
More than likely, it means you're passionate, adaptable and curious.
You can take bigger risks, because you probably don't have as many obligations. You haven't been so ingrained with the way others do things, so it's easier to figure out what works for you.
Age is just a number, really. Don't let anyone tell you you're too young (or too old) to follow your dreams. Yes, I could have spent five years working in an agency before I went out on my own... but that would have been five years spent wishing I was somewhere else, learning how to conform to someone else's rules instead of making my own.
Ignore the numbers, and trust your intuition.
The funny thing is, I sat down intending to write to you about something else entirely... and then this little rant spilled out. Between the winter solstice, full moon, and my impending birthday, there's been a lot of reflection happening for me. I think this is both a letter to you, and a reminder to myself.
If this resonated with you, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Comment below so I can get to you know a little better!