In 2015 my parents bought a food court restaurant in Scarborough, Ontario. That was the same year I graduated high school and went to college to study design.
Fast forward 5 years.
In 2020 I had to choose between 2 options.
- Find a job in design (which is what I studied) or,
- Help out in the family business
Since our virus was in full effect,I happily chose the latter and haven’t looked back since.
Though working a full time restaurant job is both physically and mentally draining, I’ve learned far more about myself than I would’ve as a Product Designer or UX/UI Designer working from home.
I didn’t imagine myself washing endless piles of dishes at the back of an old restaurant upon graduation as a 22 year old.
I didn’t think I could build a loyal following of customers on social media.
At that point, I didn’t even know life could be harder than spending endless nights working on a design project due the next hour.
How I spent my days after graduating college aren’t extravagant or to-be-yearned-for by any means.
But I do think that spending time in ways that mean something to you is incredibly important.