This year I learned, or relearned maybe, that “normal” is subjective at best, and pretty misleading otherwise. If this forsaken year has taught us anything, it’s that there is no such thing as normal. Things change. People adapt. Everything is relative to everything else.
Besides being quite metaphysical, this somewhat connects to front-end development, our industry, and the sort of expectations we have for people down there. Too often, it feels like we tend to apply our own insecurities onto others.
I learned this way and so should you.
I know about this and you should too.
I don’t care about this therefore it’s not necessary.
This behavior needs to stop. We have to acknowledge that this industry is, for the most part, self-made and therefore does not have a clear learning path, let alone a defined success trajectory. As they say, Your Mileage May Vary™.
Let this message be for everyone who’s just starting in this field, everyone fresh out of bootcamp or university, and everyone with insecurities or impostor syndrome. This is for everyone who feels like they are not enough and don’t belong here.
You belong here.
Your experience, no matter how different than someone else’s, is valid.
Breathe. Enjoy what you already know. You are doing well. Welcome to the craft.
This is so true! Thanks for the reminder!
Merci Hugo :) It’s pleasant to read this kind of message. I’m currently self-learning Web Dev and it can be a little bit scary at first. Sometimes, when you read some messages in FB groups or job offers, you can feel not welcome because you don’t have an IT background. At least, it is what I feel, here in France.
I studied History in college and worked in a school for six years before changing career. Going to web dev is a big challenge for me but I like it. I really enjoy Frontend dev, CSS, and building simple but beautiful designs.
This nice messages helps a lot to stay motivate. Thanks again!