“Do something creative because you can’t NOT do it.”
–Kermit the Frog
Last week or so I was in a morbid mood, indulging in my self-defeat and wallowing in self-pity as I looked at my life: Working two jobs to make ends meet, which sucks up all the time I’d rather be spending on researching and writing. One job transcribing/editing other people’s words instead of writing my own; the other job working in retail, making me feel like I’ve come full circle and ended up right back where I started in high school, as though all my education and training and experience and suffering over the past 20 years has all been for naught.
Desperately in need of some inspiration, I turned back to Kermit’s TED talk from 2015, and that was very helpful. One part was particularly helpful, and you know how much I love to take other people’s/frogs’ words and put them into big block quotes, so here goes:
“We need to help kids–and all of us trying to connect with our inner tadpole–to pursue our passion, even when the going gets tough. Now, for grown-ups, that just might mean, folks, you gotta have a day job. Cuz let’s face it, it’s easier to take creative chances when it’s not how you’re trying to support yourself. That can be tough.”
That made me feel better about taking the second job. No shame in doing what it takes to survive, so long as you don’t hurt others in the process. And if that means I have to try to bang out part of a blog post in the time between stopping one job for the day and starting another, then I guess that’s what it takes. It’s not ideal–it’s not at all the way that I prefer to work–but if that’s what the situation calls for, then I’ll just have to be flexible and learn to adapt, which is a professional skill on which I have always prided myself.