We rarely acknowledge the fact that part of a job is to maintain things. Not every project can be a shiny rainbow-fest of redesign or refactoring magic. Most of the things we do are actually everyday upkeep: the minor iterations, the ones that are invisible, the parts that are powerful in its quietness.
You can’t call attention to every moment you tweak a palette of greys or rewrite the bit of script that sorts the items more elegantly. You just can’t, it doesn’t make for an interesting news article. However because we don’t present the everyday as desirable we become unhappy. We think we’re doing something wrong.
So this is a reminder.
Hairstylist – For every rainbow colored cut styled, there were 100s of uninspiring, but necessary, bang trims.
Mechanics – For every vintage car refurbishing, there were 1000s of Toyota Corollas with routine problems that needed to be serviced.
Designers and Developers – We’re not so high and mighty that we are excused from the daily grind that comes with making a living.
While there’s no reason to be particularly happy doing the routine things, we could do better making it easier for everyone to enjoy ourselves by shedding that ‘gotta be a rockstar, all day, all the time’ mentality, thus moving closer to a healthier culture of making things.
Purveyor of good vibes, Sometimes righteously angry
Ever heard this advice? Write the email reply to yourself, just don’t send it.
Expressing anger and resent is an important part of being human. Sometimes things are wrong, sometimes things make us angry. Most of the time, these are repeatable situations and offenses people deserve to know about, so they can avoid what you just lived.
It’s so important to have a support system and stating it like so makes it sound obvious. But what’s tricky is actively maintaining your support system. Don’t exhaust your friends or your audience, yet, warn them about the darker side. Take it in when your friends need it, but don’t forget, they are there when you need it. I admit I have trouble with bothering my friends in times of need.
Put out what you want to see more of. For me, I want to surround myself with good vibes. And thus, by virtue of that, wish to surround as many people as I can with good vibes.
Understand that when we sound angry sharing angry stories, we don’t want to stay angry. We want you to know why things make us angry. We want you to be aware these issues exist. We want to learn from it and improve.
At first, it made me nervous to publish anything not positive. Then I realized it affected my livelihood, our livelihoods, as creators and people. With the first post I heard from friends and new friends. Simply reading the post helped. These are constant reminders we’re not alone. And reminders things may never be the ideal at all times. But also it’s a reminder that it will get better if we are aware something is wrong and push back.