Each day we’re stuck living someone else’s dream.
We go to a job where oftentimes, we’re creating something for someone else, because it pays the bills.
What if we decided to live our dream, pay the bills and still keep people happy?
This was something I thought about the other day when I was writing.
I work a day job, which I had considered my main job, obviously neglecting my writing and anything creative in the process.
That was until this past week, when I was struck with something, I’m not a writer. I’m pretending to be a writer.
What I realized in that “moment of clarity” is that I’ve been looking at my writing as a second job, sure it doesn’t pay the bills right now, but as long as I treat my writing as the second job and not the first, it will always suffer.
In this realization I thought, “Damn, if I think this way, others do as well.”
What do we do about it?
We rethink our creative side, redo the way we look at our day and come up with ways to put our creative efforts first, and other things second.
I say this as a husband and father, “If your creative side isn’t in first place, it will never win.”
I have obligations, it’s not like I’m going to quit my day job, not right now. I see the time coming when that will happen, but it’s not right now.
The thing is, we all have things we want to do, but we put them in second place out of fear, shame or other reasons.
Fear of rejection, fear of someone not understanding and the fear of failure. And shame, damn, shame is the worst. When we look at the things we’ve failed at there could be a big list, and because we failed at those the shame and fear of it happening again makes us not want to try, not want to do it again.
But, when we come to the realization, as I did, that what we wake up for in the morning should be first. That the thing we want to do most in our life should be first, then, and only then will we discover the will to do it.
I’m not going to lie, it’s going to be hard. There will be people who say you can’t do it, there will be that damn voice in your head and when the voice in your head talks, tell it to F off.
The only way you’re going to do what you want with your life is to put your creative pursuits first and anything else second.
We live someone else’s dream every day, isn’t it about time we live our dream?