Working as an engineer I find myself in constant struggle. Sure the pay (is supposed to be) good and I guess it’s a ‘cozy’ office job but honestly at times I find it flat. Perhaps it’s the creative side of me that doesn’t quite get the exercise it needs on a daily basis. I find the work easy and some times a nice challenge but I take a look at others that have more creative professions and wonder what that’d be like.
Writing of course is a goal and who knows, maybe that could be come my main gig eventually but I look at the likes of White Wizards who have their growing game business and imagine how great that’d be. I’d love to work creatively on games that I enjoy playing. Heck, I’ve definitely tossed the idea of creating one around with buddies all the time, but it seems so impossible to reach that goal. It takes so much time and we’re locked up in these 9-5 jobs that we have.
Maybe the huge pay cut is worth working on something you love every day? Maybe I could barely make a living writing manuscripts that hardly get published and working away on ‘the next big board game’ or offering DM services and be 100 times happier. But the ever looming unknown always gets to me sometimes. I have massive schools debts and other responsibilities. I have to pay those off, so part of me feels like chasing the dream is just being childish and irresponsible. But maybe, it’s worth it.
I have to give props to those that have followed their dreams and made them a reality. And even more praise to those that give back to the community and help others on their way. Sometimes I want to just break loose and join the likes but lately it’s been to much of a struggle to do so for me.
Here’s to all the other people out there yearning for their dreams. I hope we harness that spark and take life by the horns. Cause in the grand scheme of things, does it really matter how well off your are financially as long as you’re happy?
Your average 9-5er.