A Gen X Designer In A Millennials' World

I was listening to a podcast a while back and heard the words ... 

"I don't want to be a 40-year-old web designer." Ouch!

I’m a proud Gen-Xer through and through and it got me thinking about the things I'm reading and listening to mostly by women in their 20's and 30's (aka Millennials).

I admire many of these women and their work inspires me. But when I hear things like I don't want to be a 40 year old web designer I feel a disconnect because I'm a 43 year old web designer. 

I understand we all have different opinions and aspirations in life. One person's idea of success is another person's bottom level. But if the assumption is that you're in a sad state and haven't "made it" because you're a 40+ web designer, then I disagree.

My business is more on fire now than it's ever been.

I feel more capable and confident than ever before and I know my worth.

I think a lot of it has to do with my age. I'm no longer struggling to figure out my place in the world. I'm happy with my decisions and where I'm at.

Age has it perks too. When I was younger I remember feeling FOMO all the time. But as I've aged that feeling has completely disappeared.

I've weeded out all the have-tos and I'm intentional about what I do and who I do it with. Which leaves me time to explore my creativity and expand my business.

Graphic design is a fiercely competitive field but I've got the experience behind me and I’m able to evolve without getting knocked on my ass when something doesn't work out.

I have confidence in my work what I can do. I don't question my skills anymore.

I'm not trying to be an ageist here. I have lots of interesting and smart friends in their 20's and 30's whom I love and respect. 

I just want to know where my 40+ peers are and how do you feel at this age? Those going through the daily grind trying to make a living. And I'm not talking about the 40+ people who have already "made it" and are all over social media. I know who they are.

I want to hear from the regulars - people like me.