Sometimes, I find it hard to believe I’m productive when I write.
When you love what you do, it’s easy to feel like you’re not doing any real work because you have fun and enjoy it.
The issue with this is that I used to feel guilty because I thought I wasn’t doing anything useful with my life.
I thought I was wasting time.
I write about what I feel, my opinions, what I’ve been through, and the lessons I’ve learned. Is that really a job?
For some fucking reason, it was when I disliked the work that I felt most productive.
This includes doing things like formatting articles or promoting my work on social media.
There’s this stigma that you don’t get to like your career.
“No one likes what they do,” people say. “It’s called growing up.”
When someone go after their creative dreams, they’re called childish and amateur.
Those same people will tell you to grow up and get back to work.
As if art isn’t work. As if we’re just wasting time.
Art is a real career
No matter what the assholes and bullies say, creating art is a real job.
Storytelling, photography, dance, art — these are all possible careers anyone can pursue and become successful in.
Think about it this way: Who are some of the wealthiest people in the world?
Singers. Actors. Fashion designers.
We’ve seen their success, awards, and millions of dollars — and still, people think artists are a joke.
They can’t fathom that doing something fun or what you’re passionate about can be a real career.
Everyone in the entire fucking world should have the chance to love what they do.
No one deserves to despise waking up and dreading their day.
As long as society pushes us to do something “serious,” we’re not going to feel good about our work and art.
We’ll continue to feel guilty when we create.
Get it through your head: Art is serious work
We know that becoming a writer, professional dancer, or a singer is real and possible.
Still, I think a deeper part of us believes what we do isn’t serious work.
We’re curious, we wonder, we imagine, we create. That’s what we do — or instead, what we want to do — for a living.
We get to express ourselves unapologetically, and that’s great.
That’s why we don’t feel like what we do is serious. I mean, we basically do what five-year-olds do.
But that’s not all we do.
We do that, but we also work long hours and just as hard as someone in a nine-to-five job. Hell, maybe even harder.
One of my best friends is a dancer, and while he loves it and has fun, he also dances anywhere between ten to fifteen hours a day.
He not only attends classes, but he also teaches them.
If my friend asked me do replicate one of his dance routines, I couldn’t.
Why? Because I didn’t put in the hours of work. He did.
Just as I can’t operate on someone, I can’t emulate my friend’s dance moves.
I also can’t copy my sister’s drawings, or my dad’s t-shirt designs.
That shit is hard.
People say writing is easy, but I want to see them write a story that becomes a bestselling novel. When it doesn’t happen, they’ll see — writing is real work.
Every form of art is real and requires hard work. Anyone blind to that is a fool.
Never feel guilty for creating
Take a look at your schedule, your hard work, your efforts. Look at all the notes in your journal, the lessons you’ve learned, and the hours you’ve put in.
Look at everything you’ve invested in your passion.
Art requires hard work. Art is serious work.
Never feel guilty for doing what you love, and never think it’s useless. Your creations are everything.
So, next time you feel bad for creating and wonder if you should get a “real and serious” job, give that thought a big old FUCK YOU.
You’re doing more than enough. This is how you change the world.
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Are you going to start taking your creating more seriously?