If you're like me, you've got a lot of interests. You want to do everything. And when you've developed the skills to be able to actually do quite a few things... you're then faced with the big question. What do you want to do?
Some people know from the get-go, and that's great! Sometimes you're so focused on learning, that when you actually get the chance to create something you want... you freeze. You know by a certain point you can create anything that comes out of your head, and that it's no longer a battle of making one eye match the other, or of drawing a hand or foot proportionately correct. Now it becomes a matter of content. What do you want to make? For some people, this is a really difficult question. Solidifying that into a job title is sometimes even more challenging. Below, I've listed my top 5 tips on how to at least narrow down your thoughts. This list is not at all perfect, and likely won't provide immediate answers. A lot of what I say is based around experiencing new things, learning about yourself, and being okay with the fact that you may not know even after thinking you finally found your path.
Top 5 tips on finding yourself [or at least narrow down your interests]
- Find what you do during your free time.
- Find what gets you excited, even when doing that said thing makes you frustrated.
- Find what keeps you interested, even if others would sooner quit or lose focus then continue.
- Find what you loved when you started pursuing that passion.
- Find what keeps you coming back.
Notice none of the tips above state anything about lifetime, or knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life. I purposely left that out because that's too early of a question to ask. People constantly change, and all I want you to focus on now is finding yourself. Not your future self, not who you want to be like, but who you are now. Many artists express wanting to be like Iain McCaig or James Gurney who seem to do everything [and with little to no effort]. I will likely write an article about shaping your life to better meet your future goals, but I want you to focus solely on the now. Because that is what is most important. Like any professional will tell you, you can't break the rules until you know them. You can't envision your future self if you don't know your present self.
This subject of finding your path is so grand that this will be broken into segments. As we go through each article together, hopefully we will help you identify your path, where you're heading, and how you can get on your right path.