How I learned to stop worrying and love the box

I find that the older I get, the more I hear my friends and peers express a general ennui with their careers. I suppose it’s understandable. It can be tough to go from “you can be whatever you want to be!” to “here’s your office and don’t leave until you finish that memo.” We all eventually get pigeonholed into a box of one kind or another (more on the box in a minute). Even at parties and social gatherings, it’s less about who we are as individuals and more about “what we do.”

Designer Timothy Goodman tackles this issue and provides inspiration for those of us who feel stuck in this metaphorical box (if it’s a real box, I don’t know that it’ll help) with some uplifting advice. In a neat series of illustrations titled “Love the Box” for Print Magazine, Goodman (an apropos last name for the topic) transforms this box from an inhibiting set of handcuffs to a source of empowerment, creativity and self-agency.

So what are you waiting for? As he puts it, “Redefine, recreate and transform” your box.

Image credit: Timothy Goodman