Pick Up A Pen And Author Your Life Story

Pick Up A Pen And Author Your Life Story

Photos: Shiyi Wu
Story: Shiyi Wu
Words: Lucy Sanderson

Building or forging a career is a huge part of who we aim to be. We conjure up wild and wonderful notions of what our jobs will be when we are small, vocations to build rocket ships, become a famous singer or juggle being a part time nurse whilst donning a cape and saving the world by night… Dreams and ideas of who we aspire to be when we grow up. For me, I’ve always found myself acutely aware of the things that ignite me – being creative and harnessing my wanderlust – but that doesn’t mean I was on a set path to any particular career.

As I sit, sipping coffee, watching the world go by in Paris; I’m here to connect with suppliers and attend some events for my lifestyle brand. I am feeling remarkably satisfied in my moment of reflection and there’s a serenity in that kind of satisfaction. I am where I am meant to be, moreover I have instigated the various circumstances, taken the insurmountable opportunities and invested in my future through decisive action and a host of experiences, in order to reach this point in my career. It’s a mightily good feeling.

Determined to use the skills that evoked my passions, I planned my education in arts and branding to get a deeper understanding of the business I wanted to create. Understanding that there would indeed be an important reason ahead of me – building my own career. Laying a firm foundation, creating the base from which I was confident and safe to explore the wide array of working opportunities and experiences that subsequently have led me to this point.

It would be safe to say that my experiences were broad and that my intention behind each of them was not necessarily with a deliberate idea of what would come after it, but that was half the fun. The building of a future with a rough guide, but no strict plan – we should all veer off course now and again in order to experience risk.

“Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free.” An apt reflection from Paul Tillich and wise words, in my opinion. Taking a chance on something you believe in; what better a thing to believe in, than yourself? Crafting your career to make it work for you and living your life on your own terms in regard to your job can be daunting. It can also be the most incredible thing in the world, as long as you don’t limit yourself. If you don’t dare to dream or have goals, you can guarantee that you’ll end up working for someone who does.

Our innate skills, our passions and the things that motivate us are what project us forward when we take heed of them and mobilise. In fact, it matters not when you decide to take your career in your own hands and do what you love. Even if you left school or college and drifted into a career that you now despise, there is time for change. The social construct that we have to be in one career for a lifetime is a notion of generations past… So we shouldn’t be afraid to try new things and at least try to follow our own path. As they say, a bend in the road is not the end of the road, as long as you don’t forget to turn.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs