I wanted to take a moment to share a glimpse into my journey as I embark on a new chapter. Perhaps it can act as a motivator to get me through another intense couple months. Last week, I proudly completed my UX Bootcamp training, an experience that has shaped my perspective on design and user experience. But now, it's time for the next adventure—my frontend web development specialization.
However, that's not the only new beginning on the horizon. It's also time for me to step into the job market, and I'll be honest—I'm feeling a bit apprehensive.
It's funny how admitting fear can feel a bit uncomfortable, especially for someone who's been through this process before. You see, I'm supposed to be a different person now—a person not driven by fear. A person who recognizes her own value and the unique contributions she brings to the table. A person who, while not knowing everything, understands her capacity for greatness within any team.
But the truth is, I'm still scared.
I made a bold move when I walked away from a well-paying job after facing an unreasonable ultimatum. The me from two years ago might have caved, but not the me of today. I refused to be bullied and chose to pursue what I truly wanted. It was a risk, with no safety net of unemployment benefits or a guaranteed high-paying job waiting for me. And you know what? I'm proud of that choice.
Yet, somehow, the fear lingers.
I've come to realize that fear doesn't simply vanish; it's how we face it that truly matters. I was scared when I opted for bootcamp over a costly college education demanded by a unwavering HR Director. But I made that choice anyway, and over the past seven months, I haven't regretted it for a moment.
So, yes, I'll acknowledge the fear. I'll tackle my coursework, reacquaint myself with coding, delve into the intricacies of UI, and actively search for job opportunities. There will still be a hint of trepidation, but I'll forge ahead anyway.
Ultimately, this journey reminds me that fear is just a part of the process—a companion that accompanies us as we grow and pursue our dreams. It's a reminder that stepping into the unknown, facing challenges head-on, and embracing change can lead to remarkable personal and professional growth.
So, here's to being scared, and to forging ahead despite it. The adventure continues, and I'm ready to embrace it fully.