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Yesterday I punched in the alarm code for the very last time when I left Magelaan, the communication agency I worked at for the past 13 years. I closed the door on a 17 year career of graphic design and communication and transitioned from a life as employee to a life as independent. It was bittersweet parting, because I left behind more than just colleagues but friends.
This morning I took my bike and rode the 10 minute trip to FontShop’s Belgian franchise. From now on I will fill my days with stuff I never studied for. I will write. I will market. I will educate. I will network. I will mostly do that for FontShop USA and BeNeLux, but I already have my first type foundry client. My days will be filled with nothing but type, my first and only true (professional) passion.
Most people when they near their forties hit a midlife crisis, because they realize this is what they'll probably do until their retirement. Me, I just changed my career. This is about as exciting as it gets.