This is the last blog post of my 8 week practicum and the last one of my degree at IDEA. It honestly felt like this moment would never come. The last four years have felt like 10 years of life lived. It was a great struggle but I can sit here and type that I have made it through the storm and I am sailing towards a kind of paradise. I have done so much growing over the last 4 years and the struggle to get here has made the achievement that much more striking and life changing. This exchange between Pooh and Piglet capture the essence of what I have felt and now feel:
“How does one become a butterfly?”
Pooh asked pensively…
“You must want to fly so much that you’re
willing to give up being a caterpillar,”
“You mean you die?”
“Yes and no” he answered.
“What looks like you will die but what’s really you will live on.”
-A.A. Milan, Winnie the Pooh
Engine Digital has helped me to shed the chrysalis and find my wings. IDEA and the trauma of my skiing accident in 1st year gave me the struggle I needed to find the contrast and my resilience.
I have a lot of people to thank who are my greatest teachers and my constant supporters over the last 4 years. The most vital being my mother and my step father Chuck. Words will never do justice what it has meant to me that I have them in my life. When I was in the darkness, at the bottom of my despair and struggle, they helped point me toward my own light. When I was unable to trust myself and couldn’t see a way forward they help me find the path again. I love you both you will always be my greatest teachers and mentors.
The next two people are Gracey and Matt from Engine Digital. Over the last 8 weeks they have empowered me and championed me. They have made me feel seen and heard. They have empowered me to grab hold of my own power and confidence in ability to be a part of a team. They have embraced me and connected me to a world that opens up so many wonderful opportunities. They have advocated for me and they are a big part of me getting an offer to work at Engine Digital. Thank-you both from the bottom of my heart.
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Wild Bunch is a beautiful florist store just a few metres from ED office.
Now on to the next chapter of my life. The beginning of something lighter and more joyful. I have so much momentum and can’t wait to get started on this next journey. Onward full tilt!!!