Friday, June 25, 2010

Biting the Bullet

We all do it.  Hopefully not on a daily basis, but often.  Getting on that wayyyy overcrowded subway train so you can make it to work on time.  Working through the weekend to get a project done.  Eating spinach to stay healthy, or ramen noodles to save cash.

We bite the bullet.  It is part of being a grown up (and it's not as sexy as this photo would lead you believe).  We make choices, and do things that we'd rather not do in the interest of something more important, or simply because we have to, because it's the only way to survive.

Well I've been biting the bullet lately.  I picked up a serving job (which I'd sworn off for all eternity) on the weekends to save money for graduate school in August.  Working 7 days a week is not ideal, but it's not all bad either.

As artists and arts professionals, you bite the bullet more often than most of your peers.  Contrary to the lives of those in the corporate world, you may or may not have a regular salary, and if you do it's probably less than ideal.  You work more hours than your counterparts, probably gave up your weekends to performances, and spend your money on honing your craft or production. 

But we are so lucky.  We get to do something we love.  Something we are passionate about.  While you may not have all of the things and vacations you want, you do have fulfillment.  And since you work so hard, you probably sleep well at night (once you finally make it to bed).

So kudos to you, all the grown ups who didn't give up on childhood dreams.  Because while "living the dream" may not have panned out to be everything we thought it would, we're still living it.

1 comment:

  1. Love this post. You make a great point about sacrificing in order to accomplish what you want