Friday, November 30, 2012

Video: If Money Didn't Matter

I really love this. I absolutely believe in the notion of doing what you love but find it next to impossible to let go of being driven to make money - no matter what stupid job I have to take to get it. Being a single mother, I have had years when I supported my little family by acting and writing and other things that brought me joy but they were very lean and stressful years. The panic-filled stress of not knowing how I was going to make a house payment or feed my kids took the joy right out of being creative as well as put a huge damper on said creativity.

Now I work hard at day-jobs I don't necessarily love so I can work hard at the things I love and bring me joy when I'm not at my job. The things I love that I'm working hard at will absolutely make me money down the road and, in the meantime, it makes me happy to be able to provide for my children. But I still do want to dare to dream and go for it and have the guts to emotionally cliff dive into the life I really want.

Maybe it's a matter of analogies. The advice to base jump off the cliff of following your bliss and find a way to make money doing what you love is wonderful for those just starting out. And, for those of us that "started out" a long time ago, maybe we can still make the same jump - just with a larger parachute and carefully packed survival kit.