• Sridhar Rajendran

Day 3 — Initial excitement and fading interest

Updated: Aug 23, 2018

Chasing another bright shiny object

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All that starts well, will hit a rough patch before it ends well. After endless hours of reading, I knew enough about UX to be excited and paralysed at the same time. Sure talking to people and drawing with crayons seem fun, but was I up to the task?

At this point, I had not discussed my fascination for the latest shiny object I was chasing. It was all in my head. And that is not a good place to be. There were many negative thoughts:

  • criticising myself for wasting time.

  • I was pursuing yet another ‘dream’.

  • could I afford to take a risk at this stage of my career after having worked for almost 6 years as a coder? I was well on track to climb the next rung in the corporate ladder. Why throw away all these years of efforts and start as a beginner in another field?

  • what if a black hole swallows me?

  • do I go back to college and do a Masters in Design? Or should I just ‘hack it’ and ‘hustle’?

  • I have no contacts in the design industry to help me.

  • how will I support myself financially?

  • what if dinosaurs come back to life?

And several more nightmares under the bed popped up to leave me exhausted. So I ended up parking this issue for a while and focus on the job I am paid for.