To all creatives doing 9 – 5 jobs
I know how you feel. One of you reached out to me the other day and complained bitterly about how discouraged, stuck, and miserable she feels since she landed her 9 – 5 job. She currently feels like she is wasting her life and career.
She is yet to finish her book but that’s not the sad part. She can’t seem to find that creative spark again and it’s driving her crazy.
Creatives who are not creating are like a fishes on dry land. We don’t survive it. Our brains are wired differently. We are not regular and the moment we stop creating, we die. Our spirits are silenced and we are more like, “Walking dead”.
I experienced this last year. I was doing a job I had zero passion for, technically a 9 – 5 job. I had no control of my time and it affected me a lot. Slowly my passion for writing vanished. Writing a sentence was a struggle. The characters in my head haunted me every night because they needed to come alive.
I was earning and living well but deep down, I was miserable. I felt burdened, disturbed. Nothing mattered anymore. I stopped hanging out with friends. Replying to messages on social media was difficult. Sometimes I deliberately ignored phone calls. The world became less colorful. I dreaded waking up every morning because there was nothing to look forward to.
That period, I was torn between choosing a life of poverty as a creative and a life of pain as a person who only keeps her job for money. I didn’t want to be a starving artist because trust me when you are broke and hungry, you will hardly find your creative spark.
At a point, I stopped feeling sorry for myself and started looking for ways to get out or deal with the mess I was. As a writer, I realized that aside from writing stories, there are a lot of contents you can create – from blog articles to web copies.
From my research, many companies and organizations are always on the lookout for writers who will help in marketing their brand and products. Do you know the best part? These jobs can be done remotely.
I hate working in an office because I feel stuck. I don’t have my creative freedom. So, I took these jobs. They paid well. Three months later, I had built my clientele. And when I was sure I could survive without my monthly pay, I tendered my resignation letter.
Dear creatives doing 9 – 5 job, here are the lessons you should take with you from this story;
Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Enough of the pity party! I know you need the money and that’s why you are stuck in the job you don’t love. I know you feel trapped because you are not creating. But quit talking about these problems and find a way around them. You were born to create. It’s up to you to find ways to make it work.
Right now, I write from the comfort of my home. While I have tons of articles to deliver to my clients, I still make out time to write my stories. Whoever said your passion can’t put food on your table should think twice.
Dear creatives doing 9 – 5 job, dedicate one or two hours on your creative project before calling it a day. Wake up early enough to devote you’re an hour or so to developing your passion before zooming off to the office.
I am a firm believer in “We can make anything work as long as we put our mind to it”. Find ways to keep your creative spark despite your 9 – 5 job. When you are sure that your passion can fully put food on your table, then, you can go ahead and quit. I don’t want you to be a starving artist.
Your Fellow Creative