We’ve come so far
4th August 2016
I’m one of those people who has a bad habit of comparing themselves to others. I often beat myself up about not being good enough or not doing enough to get to where I want to be.
So, sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves just how far we’ve come rather than just looking at how far we’ve still got to go.
Let’s go back a year. 12 months I go I had just graduated from university with a first class honours degree in a subject that I knew wasn’t really my true passion. I was depressed because I was unemployed, I had no income, I was being rejected for jobs left, right and centre, and I wasn’t that happy with where I was living.
I was playing around with code in my spare time. I was trying to improve my basic skills and attempting to learn some new-to-me, more complicated languages.
I thought that I might like a career in web development but I didn’t think I would get a job as a web developer as nobody employs someone with a geography degree to build websites, right? I was planning on working and saving for a year or two so that I could go back to university to study for my masters in computer science in hope that a more relevant qualification would get me the job.
Roll on one year. I’ve now been working as a junior web developer for over 10 months. During my time at this job I have learned so much about web development, and I’m now working on my first big solo project, building an incredible website. Oh, and let’s briefly mention the fact that I’m finally getting to visit Norway next month, all because of my job. Just wow!
On top of this, I now have an income that has allowed me to move out of the place that made me so miserable. I love my little house on the Wirral, and I can also see that the opportunity to buy my own house is not so far away.
This is just how far I’ve come in the space of the year. Let’s go back a little further…
5 years ago I was still living at home with my parents in Shropshire. I was 17, I had zero income and very little confidence, but I had a dream that one day I would move to live in Liverpool.
5 years on I’m now living just outside of Liverpool having spent almost 4 years living in the city centre. I have a job and an income, and my confidence has vastly improved.
I would go back as far as 10 years ago, but at that time I was 12 and I genuinely can’t remember being 12! But I can say with confidence that have definitely come along way since then.
With time comes personal development and growth. It cannot be rushed. So instead of thinking “Why aren’t I there yet?”, I’m going to start reminding myself of just how far I’ve come even in a relatively short space of time.