Making it Real

Two weekends ago several of my best college cronies paid me a visit for my birthday weekend.  This mini-reunion was the ultimate gift and a much needed reprieve.  While catching up there was a common thread that bound us together.  The mid-20s life crisis has slapped each of us in the face in some way or another.  You know what I’m talking about:

I hate my job!

I think I am in the wrong grad program!

I work too hard to be so broke!

I need to just get my life together!

Why didn’t anyone prep us for adulthood?  College exit counseling should include a real world simulator so we have the option to become super-super seniors instead.

Although it was refreshing to know I wasn’t alone in my personal quarrels, more inspiration was needed.  Then I read Curbed.com’s Young Guns 2013 list of creative types in the fields of design, architecture and development, all under the age of 35.  One of the finalists caught my attention.

Max Humphrey: Curbed

Max Humphrey was a 20-something looking for a new career [how ironic].  While chilling in a LA coffee shop he realized that is love of decorating his apartment was more than just a treatment for boredom. One day he answered a nondescript Craigslist ad for a part-time design assistant that ended up being for the well-know Burnham Design firm.  Over seven years he grew and tweaked his colorful-quirky style, worked on more than 100 projects and climbed his way up to partner.  This ex- punk band bassist has done good for himself.  Check out some of his work:

Design milestone for Max: His apartment in the September issue of Lonny Magazine

I guess the dream can be real.  Some young guns are out there making it real…..are you?

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