During a recent move, I read through all of my old journals. Not those classic trivial middle school diaries, but cover-to-cover Moleskine's filled with messy cursive and red wine and coffee stains that I wrote between the ages of 18-23. It's amazing how at 18 I thought I had all the answers, but the past 10 years have taught me why I never needed them. It made me think about what I wish I could have told myself then so I could have just stopped writing and gone to bed. It made me think of what I would tell other young people who are stuck thinking life is formulaic like I once did. So before entering into my next decade of adulthood, I thought I'd share the 5 things that I wish I knew when I was 18.
One of my favorite things about this job is getting to make custom rugs that are meaningful for people, and I especially enjoy reading the inside jokes that people get for their loved ones. As long as it's not offensive, someone else's trademark, or overly complicated, I try to make my customer's requests come to life. Occasionally, I'll get a request that I just can't get behind, and they usually fall into one of these five categories: