THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME
My story is that after a long and relatively successful career working in design and design education had wrapped up, I wanted to keep doing something. The problem was I had no idea what that ‘something’ could be.
It seemed to make the most sense to stay in my lane and perhaps do something in the design education space. So that’s what I set out to do. However, the more I tried, the harder it became to believe that this was what I really wanted...a situation made all the more challenging in the absence of having a clear idea of what I could do instead. I came up with several ideas but for some reason I failed to keep going with any of them.
Looking back, it’s possible to think all that energy and all that time was a waste. But I now know it wasn’t. I now know it was the process I had to go through to get from where I was originally to where I am today. And although it was a long and sometimes arduous process, I’m grateful for it.
With the 20/20 vision of hindsight, I now know I am actually staying in my lane. Over the last 30 years (or more) I’ve had my own businesses, run design schools and have been actively engaged in the design community and in a charitable foundation. Looking back, I now understand that what joins all these dots together is people...and how much I’ve enjoyed working with so many wonderful, interesting, creative, dynamic, talented individuals...in different types of communities...design studios, design schools, industry associations, charities etc.
So here I am, building stillcrazy...another community. I’m in my lane.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.