One of the questions I get asked the most, is why I am a writer. What made me come to the decision to give up the stability and security of a 9-5 job with a guaranteed pay-check at the end of the month to become a freelance writer?
At the time I made the decision, I had a few reasons: flexible working hours, the freedom to set my own goals, schedule, etc, being able to work in my pyjamas and slippers when I feel like it and being able to do whatever I like when I take a break. These were only a few of my reasons and you will agree that even today, most of my reasons seem a bit thin at best. After all, writing is really hard work. If it was easy, most people would quit their jobs today and become freelance writers.
Of course there was my love of writing to consider. Like an artist lovingly stroking a blank canvas with colour, I love colouring the lives of people with words. And even if nobody ever read a word I wrote, the mere act of writing would still make it worth the time and effort I put in.
People don’t want to hear this but one of the main reasons I decided to become a full-time freelance writer, is because it allows me to build my own dreams. Like other people, I also have dreams of making a good living for myself and the ones I love. The thought of being a starving writer who only earned money off my writing after I lay my head down for the last time, has never been very appealing to me. Of course I love being able to get on a plane to go see my girls in South Africa. And when the time comes for me to have grandchildren, I will probably want to do that even more often. It doesn’t matter what we wrap it in, at the end of the day every writer I know does so to make a living.
So don’t fault me for making a living from my writing. Writing is my way of working for myself. Like Farrah Gray put it:
Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
So writing is my way of building my own dreams. Unfortunately I’m not good at building anything with my hands. And in business I only see the traps and have no idea how to avoid them. I’m not good at negotiating deals, I care more about the people I meet along the way than about the intended goal I’m working towards and some days I can be utterly disorganized. All this makes for a disaster in the boardroom. So it did not take me long to realize that if I wanted to build my own dreams instead of always working on others’, the one thing that made sense was to write.
Recently I got involved with another venture that I incorporate in my daily life. It complements my writing and allows me to have even more financial freedom. I am so excited about this new business opportunity because I don’t need any business savvy or other tricks in order to make some money. Contact me if you want to know more or if you also want to start building your own dreams.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you are happy. As long as what you do every day sees you wake up with excitement in your heart and go to sleep with a smile on your face, you are blessed. Then you are living the life of your dreams.