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Day 49: Don’t just settle for the job that pays the bills

Sun, Sep 3, 2017 | Read in 3 minutes

Society can probably safely be divided into two parties: those who think freelance life is boring and those who think freelancing is the best kept secret ever. I stick to the latter not just because I am a freelancer but because I’ve spent years NOT being a freelancer and it wasn’t the best use of my time, tbh. What gives?

Freedom has always been a core value for me. I can’t live a life without freedom. That would drain whatever life is left in me.

Being a freelancer sets me free like no job ever can. Yes, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies because I do need to adhere to some rules when I’m working with someone (or on a project). But the flexibility of the time I have gives me enough room for self-development.

You know how they say you have to keep sharpening your saw before you plan to cut down a tree? (Please note though that I love nature and have never cut down a tree in my life even if I could.) The metaphor makes sense. You need to keep developing your talents and skills so that, when the time comes that you do have to cut those metaphorical trees, you slay them like a motherfucker (*insert Samuel Jackson accent and bad-assery*).

I know. I’m probably saying this now because I’m very young (in freelancing age) but I am optimistic. Sure, I think about worst-case scenarios, too. Then again, even worse than the worst for me would be never to set out doing what I want to do in this life.

Am I being selfish? By definition, yes. No shame in loving yourself a little every now and then. But ultimately, I want to learn to get through the ins and outs of freelancing so I can help others learn, too. And not just freelancing per se, but you know, taking action for whatever work you feel you should be doing on this earth.

I want to show people that that there is a way out of the rat race. That, with a little bit of creativity and (a lot of) hard work, they can lead quality lives without sacrificing their means for living.

Yes, hard work is still a must (always will be) and how hard you work will depend on your needs and wants. But guess what? You are working on something that makes you happy at the end of the day. You are not mindlessly passing away your time. You are working in pursuit of meaning.

And they say meaning is overrated. And meaning is something that we’ve just invented in our minds to fool ourselves into believing into something… anything.

But meaning could also give you joy and hope. There is meaning when you love a person, when you love your work, and even when you yourself.

There’s meaning when you don’t just settle for the job that pays the bills.

There’s meaning when you work on something you wholeheartedly believe in.

There’s meaning even when you still continue to work even though no one understands you now.

It’s going to be hard for people to see through your looking glass because they’re already busy looking through their own. And that’s not your fault.

You have the ability and the capacity to pursue what you want and who you are without everybody else’s opinions. When you are being productive in the RIGHT direction, you’ll find that eventually it will not just benefit you, but more importantly, it will make an impact on those around you. Now that’s legacy.