For a long time now, I have been working like a mad women. Constantly hustling for the next big gig, all the while trying to fit in time to pursue the things that “make me happy.” In the end, all we’ve ended up with is a burnt-out near-30-year-old and a coffee addiction.
As a member of the blogging community, you can’t help but notice all of the recent posts that cover the topic of “doing what you love for a living.” It can be incredibly inspiring at times to read these posts and see how they leapt into their creative careers blind and frightened, yet came out on top in the end. But, it can also be a little frustrating to hear success story after success story, while you sit at your computer screen struggling to keep your eyes open because you work too many hours, with little recognition and very minimal steps forward.
I’m not saying that my hard work is not paying off. It totally has been. I am so so so so grateful for the leaps and bounds my career/life has taken in a short few months. But I did want to speak out on the fact that it is not always as easy as it seems. While some creatives may make it look like a walk in the park, it takes time, dedication, and strenuous labor at times to really make it happen. And I am definitely learning this exhausting truth first hand.
Pursuing your dreams is not about waking up one day and saying, “I know, I’ll be a creative entrepreneur for the rest of my life and live this magical existence.” It’s about waking up one day with an idea you are so passionate about that you are willing to do whatever it takes (i.e. go bankrupt, work endless hours, face rejection, etc.) and take the scary leap off the cliff to make it happen.
Well, everyone, I am right there, looking down off that cliff-edge and am ready to jump. It’s the most frightening thing I will, most likely, ever do in my life. There is no security blanket, there is no parachute; There is just a lot of faith, hope and encouragement from incredible friends and family that I can do whatever it is that I put my whole heart into. Yes, I may not succeed. Yes, I may continue to work endless hours. And yes, I may not be able to find that happy balance for a little while longer (but maybe doing what I love for a living is a great start to balance anyways…right?) But I have made it to this point and I don’t want to turn back. This is where I will have to start.
So for all of you out there who are in a similar position, sitting/standing/hovering at that cliff’s-edge, ready to make a decision one way or the other…I say jump. Financial obligations will ALWAYS be there. Responsibility will ALWAYS be there. But your life and truest happiness could disappear in an instance. It’s a hard truth I have had to learn in a very real and heartbreaking way this past year, and I refuse to let it happen to you.
Grab you dreams and run with them. In the end we all die, and while we may come back as something like a beautiful hummingbird or lovable puppy, we will lack opposable thumbs and then where will we be? Ha! (Just a joke to lighten the rather serious mood this post has taken. My apologies.)
It’s your life. It’s your future. It’s your choice. All I wish for everyone who enters my life (in the physical and virtual realm) is that they are happy, healthy, and are always pursuing their dreams….whatever those happen to be. Let’s do this thing.