“Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Lovely sentiment. But it’s a lie.
If you love what you do for work, it sure makes it more meaningful and enjoyable … but it doesn’t change that it is still work.
This is as true in art as it is in any field.
I am so overwhelmed with gratitude that I get to write, and that I even get paid to do it. And I know some people will negate what I say next by claiming writing is privileged work. Maybe it is. I don’t know. Maybe it is just for some people and not for others. I certainly don’t mean to whine or complain.
I merely want to say that art is hard work. So hard. Harder than any job I’ve ever had, scarier than any job I’ve ever had, emotionally draining unlike any other relationship in my life. Sometimes it feels impossible. Sometimes it feels like it might kill me. Art has sent me into therapy, required medication. Nothing in my world has thrown more resistance at me than art, my own art.
I’ve just needed to toss these thoughts out into the universe for a little while, and so now, tonight, I am. Thanks for listening. Thanks for trying to understand, even if it sounds silly to you. Now, tell me about you. What part of your life throws the most resistance at you, friend?
True in science as well! I love my job (most of the time), but it is hard.
“What part of your life throws the most resistance at you, friend?” The gulf between who I am and who I would like to be.
Who would you like to be?
That is a good question. I would like to be a man who fulfills well all the roles God has given me, who stays on the straight and narrow path, and who will be one of the sheep in from Matthew 25.
So, so true.
The wife and I noticed your blog and appreciate the inspiration you have here. Please allow me to encourage you to keep writing and never abandon this site. I am a mobile developer, and if you are ever curious about having a mobile app version of this blog, I would love to help. We appreciate the hard work you have put into this blog and wish you all future success in business and in life.
Thank you for your time, it is the most precious thing we all possess.