Owen here! Today I’d like to talk about giving up your dreams.
Put away childish things.
You can’t make a living doing that.
I bet there is no one living who hasn’t heard these kinds of sentiments, either as missiles meant to shoot down dreams, or as woeful sighs lamenting unpleasant realities. It’s common knowledge that only a few random lucky people get to have fun being creative. Everyone else needs to work jobs they hate so that one day they can save up to do things they enjoy.
While trying to escape these predictions of doom, it’s far too easy to flail around in every possible direction. If signs of progress don’t show up immediately, panic sets in, and we set off in a different direction – thinking we’ve already failed.
I invite you now to sit down comfortably. Take a deep breath. Everything is going to be fine.
I invite you to replace that old nonsense with this idea: Getting older means clarifying what we really want to do.
Think about all the things you have tried before, or have an interest in. Count them up. Chances are, there isn’t enough time in any human lifetime to pursue all of those in a worthwhile way. And for those wanting to make a creative living, it’s even more impractical to grasp every possible avenue; in addition to doing the thing you love, you’ve also got accounting, marketing, and a host of other concerns that eat into your time. Successful creative people limit their focus, and jettison things that will water it down.
I’m not going to get into the specifics of things you’ll need to do in order to get where you want to be. If you are still in the area of thinking no one survives as a creative person, then this is a much more important task right now. I invite you instead to replace that old script with this one:
Play to your heart’s content.
You can make a living doing that, and other people will help you do it.