It’s probably pretty safe to assume that we’ve all dreamed of our someday-career; our dream job. I know I still do, especially with my current job. We’ve also probably all read at least one article that is somehow related to “hitting it big” or “the secret to reaching your life goals.” Luckily, those articles all have better titles than that, but the point is, we all want to know if we can skip the steps between the beginning and success.
However, anything worth having is worth working for, otherwise you wouldn’t want it.
I work in an office. My job requires zero creativity. I’m grateful for my job, but I don’t want to do it for the rest of my life. If there is anything my current and former jobs have taught me, it’s that I don’t want to be stuck with a job that doesn’t test and push my creative abilities. This, in turn, motivates me to work harder in my personal creative pursuits.
Upon reflection, I realize that these awful entry level, low-income jobs aren’t just stops along the way. The have done more for my creative pursuits than almost anything or anyone else, except NaNoWriMo and my critique partner.
So what am I trying to say? These jobs we all complain about, I’m grateful for them, because I wouldn’t dream so big if they didn’t exist. Oddly enough, they have made me love the creative writing process more so than any book or author. When I’m stuck in a chair for eight and half hours, five days a week without anything creative to touch or work on, I appreciate those moments of creativity so much more than I ordinarily would.
Somehow, along the way, my lack of time has unlocked chains that I’d placed on my creative process. Instead of focusing on the end point of a project, I’m focusing more on the creation phase. I used to hate and dread editing and revisions but now I can’t be more excited by the prospect. I love to create and improve and my former and current jobs are partly to blame, because they have made me realize how much I love to write and create.