Jobs not the man but the thing that all of us have to have, unless you are a trust fund baby and even then you have a job in some form or another. We all have to work and find a way to support ourselves and to some extent justify our existence in this world.
What is it that you do for a job? Is it something that you enjoy or just do to pay the bills? Are you pulling “The Yuppie Nuremberg defense” as Nick Naylor said in ‘Thank you for Smoking’ when asked about your job?
Why is it that we can’t all find jobs/careers that we truly enjoy going to day in and day out? I remember back in middle school and high school taking tests that would tell you what you ideal career would be and mine gave me a range from Forest Park Ranger to Art Teacher and a lot of other low paying gigs. Sure being a Park Ranger would be fun at times but I don’t think I want to do that till Im 70 years old specially with the way the US government manages the Parks department.
No ultimately I settled on something that was not about the money or security and went after something I love doing, photography and filmmaking. Along the way its been rough and I have struggled plenty to continue pushing forward with it and even now I barely have a few hundred bucks to my name with lots of student loan debt but I truly love what I do. That love is the only thing that gets me through the weeks and sometimes months of unemployment only to land a quick one or two day gig before another few weeks. When Im constantly on the road working and trying to find some way to pay for the next hotel or next leg of a drive to make it to a possible job interview or meeting knowing that Im doing it for me and not to pay a car note or mortgage makes it worth it.
Yes Im young and not married nor do I have kids or own a house or loft, but even if I did I would still find a way to do this job. It would mean I would have to be more selective on jobs and fight even harder to stay in one place but it would be a sacrifice worth making because I would now be sharing my love with more than just my job/career.
So what is it that you love and why are you not doing it full time? Its not a crime if you are not, I walked away from doing photography full time years ago because it started to become more of work than the art for me. Just because its a job/career doesn’t mean that it has to be a drain on you.