I am fascinated by this career and my assumption or optimism of how long I might do it. When I first got on the streets in 2000 I met a dude that had been a messenger for 7 years. I thought, "Dang, that's forever!" But here I am at 10 years. Then I go and meet Kurt Boone at 14 years. (Foot messengers are the real deal. I spent the longest and most exhausting part of a day trying to keep up with Kurt.) And I think, "Do I have another 4 in me? Where will I be then?" And guys like Kurt and Squid give mad props to guys doing it 20 or 30 years. Can you even imagine.
So when I meet kids, or adults, who want to be a messenger I never ask but always think, "really, for how long? A week, a month, a summer." I think at times it's a little like "Once a Marine always a Marine." No shame is being a Marine for 2 years or 20. Same with this job I guess, no shame in being a rookie. I still am. So go out there and live in the moment, be nice to your clients and give respect to the old timers. And I don't mean me, I might be just getting warmed up for all I know.