Over the past months I’ve inserted one or the other personal post, and today shall be no different. Get your snorkels on cause we’re going deep!
As a little bit of a background history, you might have read that I was a student at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute for 2.5 years before I decided to put my studies on hold for a semester and pursue another internship – flash forward to now – I’m currently working at a marketing agency in the heart of Munich, Germany. I’ve you want to read more about my decision-making process on why the straight road is not always the best option, click here.
Now that we got the background frame out of the way we can actually get in what I wanted to write about today – learning to accept and appreciate yourself. Especially when you are in the creative industry, constantly publishing and comparing your own work it is really tough to keep cool and not let all inevitable criticism get to you. I have made the experience that I started to doubt my own work, aesthetic and style to a degree to which I really limited my own creativity and graphic personality. Especially in an educative environment, where identity’s are shaped and you learn about the kind of professional you’re soon to become, it can be really hard to pursue what you really enjoy doing instead of trying to fit a frame that’s just not made for your form.
I recently read a quote that I wanted to share
You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there will always be someone who hates peaches.
… and it’s so true. You’re just not designed to please everybody. So try to accept yourself, know your worth and pursue what you find beautiful, funny, pleasing or right and you’ll start to become known for exactly that. It takes seconds to break down self esteem, but years to build it up again.
I am really glad to be able to currently work in a professional environment in which encouragement and kindness are the two pillars all work is build upon. For the first time in months, maybe even years, it demonstrated me clearly that there is a place for everybody in the working world. Just because your teacher, your friend or a colleague doesn’t like your work, doesn’t mean that somewhere there isn’t a client that would pay you big bills for you to deliver exactly that. Kind words and understanding are hard to find in the professional world but rest assured that somewhere there is a place waiting for you that is going to bring out the best creative version of yourself.
I don’t know if this helped anyone of you, but sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at key moments from over the past months and evaluate the lessons you can really draw.