Monday, April 4, 2011
To The Cynics
"Wow, writing is one of those things that I always wished I had the time to do. You're lucky, my schedule is just too demanding."
"Hey, that's great about your writing stuff. I'll bet you could still do it if you had a real job too."
I know that as a writer, I love it when the people I respect, care for, or even love say things like that. There's nothing better than having my work and dreams squished into a tiny, unimportant/time wasting/childish/never gonna happen, box.
Can you taste the sarcasm in that? I hope so because I was laying it on pretty darn thick.
I am a writer. Even when I was living the "adult" lifestyle; working a job that made me miserable, taking that misery home and making the people I loved miserable, and still being broke as well as almost completely unfulfilled, I was still a writer. Even if I tried to hide from that fact.
This isn't some sort of pyramid scheme, we writers and artists are not asking for your money or your credit card info. When we talk about our projects, we're not doing it because we want you to buy something. We do it because you are the ones that we want to share our lives with, the ones we feel safe handing our hopes and dreams to.
So don't spit on it. Think. Remember those days before you decided that you had to be whatever version of "adult" you are now. Growing up does not mean giving up. Trust me, that will only make things worse in the long run. I'm not saying quit your job or be unreasonable about what you can accomplish, just don't give up on what you really want out of this life.
I'm not going to. Not again. Not ever.
I've been debating on whether or not to write this for quite some time, I hope it doesn't sound angry. It's not. I have an amazing support structure in my life right now, something that I've never had before, and I am happier than I've ever been.
The moral is this: If you love, respect, or care for someone... be supportive and let them know that you will stand behind them. They probably already know that they might fail, don't feel like you need to remind them.
that's it for now
thanks for reading,
buh bye then