Can you answer that question? I think everyone has dreams, at least in the beginning before life happens. And life, most assuredly, does happen. I look at young Creatives today doing amazing things because they don’t realize they can’t be done. It is surprising what can be done when you don’t know any better. There is a lesson there somewhere. The old adage: ignorance is bliss?
Being a Creative and pursuing a creative career is a tough row to hoe. It’s typically a solitary pursuit and not a collaborative effort. Oh sure, you can have help along the way, but in the end it’s up to you. Life is all about give & take, giving up something to gain something. I’m not sure life was ever designed to have it all—maybe in stages but certainly not all at once.
It’s good to have priorities in life to help you decide what you need versus what you want. For the first sixty-four years I lived a life but not necessarily my life. First I was dependent on my parents, then there were the school years followed by years in military harness, domestic harness and corporate harness. As life intruded my dreams faded away to almost nothing. I wanted to be free, I wanted my time to be my own to do with what I wanted.
What is it that you want out of life? And what are you willing to sacrifice? For me I dreamed of pursuing my photography, writing and world travel full-time. What I was willing to give up was financial security, material possessions and a failed marriage. What I got in return was the ability to live simple, live cheap and live free. Priorities can change, dreams can change and life can change. Life is all about change and adapting to that change. Stay flexible and roll with the punches—life is not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Here endeth the lesson.