She walked down the hall. The office on the left wasn’t hers it was her bosses. She opened the door. With a wave of his hand, he dismissed her. She took the papers back to her desk. Placed them on an open spot and continued until he was ready. The light went on as her phone rang. It was her boss. She lifted the stack of papers and walked them to his office. He thanked her and she left. She went back to her desk with a moment to breath. She took in a deep breath and let it out slowly. 3 hours left and then she could really live. 3 hours left and she could continue her painting. Listen to her music. Wear the clothes she wanted to wear. She could do business with people who did more than appreciate her work, they loved it. She would love to walk out. It was one of those days. It was too much for her. She stayed because she has a plan, and she made a decision to stay. This job is part of her plan. It’s just not her favorite part.
We all have things we would rather do than work. Most of us with the creative bent suffer routine day jobs that don’t require self expression. We just can’t wait to get home to do the real work. This post is about you having a plan. It is about you deciding ahead of time. It is about you and me doing what it takes to make sure our desire to create gets fulfilled. It is about us. It is about doing the grown up thing and creating a side business that is sustainable. It is about learning if our passion will sustain us for the long haul. It is about this Monday, deciding that we can and will pursue our dreams. It is about you going to a day job and not quitting, because you are not part of the company’s plan they are part of your plan. If you don’t have a plan, make one. If it falls apart make the rest up as you go along, you’re not a fortune teller anyway. You’re a creative person who wants to work.