I often joke that I could write a book about all the different day jobs I've had during my twenties--Hollywood Video clerk, assistant to a Circuit Court Judge, substitute teacher, waitress, office manager of a lumber company, drama teacher, and surgical scheduler, just to name a few. At each one, I have had moments where I convince myself that everyone else in the world is getting to do their creative work while I sit at a desk and answer phones, or, as in my waitressing days, deliver breakfast for a table of five.
While it doesn't always help with some of the bigger frustrations of my day, learning that it is a myth that everyone else except me is doing what they love all the time has been very helpful in reducing the elaborate pity parties I've been known to throw for myself (ok, so I still throw them, but now they're more like dinner parties as opposed to full-out ragers). The post is chock full of well known ladies and the day jobs they used to do, along with a pithy piece of advice they would give to all of us creatives who are trying to make both a living and a life for ourselves. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and are able to revel in the feeling of knowing that none of us are alone on this adventurous, often painful, but always rewarding, creative climb.
And if after checking out the post, you need some additional inspiration and motivation as we coast into the weekend, there's always "Hold On" by the Alabama Shakes. Happy Thursday!