We all had fantasies about what we wanted to be when we grew up and most of us entertained ourselves for hours on end pretending those fantasies were true. I alternated between being a CEO (off what? I don’t think I realized there was a what) and being a designer. A few years ago, I was reconnected with a childhood friend on the phone and she asked what I did. I told her I was a designer and she paused, giggled and asked if by any chance I designed under the name S & S designs. We had spent more hours then I can count creating this fictional life for ourselves as designers at this make believe place, and I think she was so amazed that I actually pursued what I wanted to be when I grew up that there was a chance that I brought that fantasy name along too.
It’s kind of odd to be doing what I always wanted to do…sort of like Ross on that Friends episode when Brad Pitt reminds him of the days when they were such nerds that all they did was talk about dinosaurs all day. Oh god, does that mean I’m Ross??? Ha! But really, I was thinking today about the office I had set up in the barn when I was 12 and that the chair I used was kind of like the one I’m sitting in right now. I then realized that being a designer is an exact split between what you imagine a designer does when you’re a little girl and what you imagine a CEO does. And that is pretty great, according to my 12 year old self.