I have been known to stare at the computer screen for hours.
Can you relate?
Seriously, have you ever been so enthralled by an assignment, a project, or any kind of fulfilling task that you hardly ate, moved, took care of yourself, or noticed the time passing?
Maybe you have done this, but got so wrapped up that you eventually hit a block and then you ended up kind of how I did:
Frazzled and at my whit’s end.
Technology has helped make me like that.
My fascination with it really picked up speed in my high school keyboarding class.
I’ll never forget the two blonde girls who sat on my left and, in their boredom, fiddled with MySpace (vintage, I know).
The rest was history.
A good part of my technological awakening happened over a decade ago and I have remained alert and attentive to it ever since.
Being self-taught in this area, however, put me at a slow place in accomplishing the things I wanted to accomplish with these newfound tools.
Learning about web design and development, internet marketing, digital and social media–it was all worth it because I was eventually able to turn the skills I had into a career.
Neither did I have to sacrifice my computer literacy and my desire to learn more about technology in order to become something I felt that I had to be.
It was crucial for me to find the balance and the connections between everything.
Trust me: it hasn’t been an easy, straightforward route.
What on earth can someone with an Art and Spanish education do with internet marketing know-how, HTML/CSS/jQuery knowledge, and a heart for environmental activism?
I felt like a mime trying to juggle sombreros in Best Buy on earth day.
It just didn’t make sense…at first.
With all of that pent up energy for these various and seemingly unrelated passions, it would be better to avoid biting off more than I could chew.
It’s still hard for me to accept, but there will always be a learning curve even for the most expert-y expert.
That in mind, I had to also accept that some skills weren’t quite ready to come off of the stove top, so to speak, as I had plenty more work to do to develop them.
While they continued to simmer, I allowed myself to hone the others and still learn the things I needed to learn in the departments where I wasn’t so knowledgeable.
That approach has kept me present and patient and willing to let my career be a journey rather than a pie-in-the-sky dream that will one day fall down into my lap.
What’s cooking for you? Tell me. Show me.