Learning to Make MONEY with Something You ENJOY

Making money is one of the more sad things that we have to deal with in our lives on this little pale blue dot we call Earth. The laws of nature dictate that we have to put in time and effort into very boring things like finding resources to survive. As most of us have come to realize, the idea that we can find a way to survive that doesn’t involve long hours of toiling away at something we don’t particularly want to be doing is a bit crazy. A very select few of us have found a way to make a living doing something we actually like.

We’re seeing a shift in the job market today that is partly based on how we see this particular viewpoint. While it is so natural for us to have to struggle to make it that we rarely question it on a serious basis, a part of our consciousness is really starting to ask the question: “have we reached a point in our evolution where more of us can start ‘living the dream’?” As technology improves, perhaps the answer might be yes.

For myself, I’ve started teaching myself web development. One of the things I’ve always enjoyed is doing things on the computer. Video games are a staple, just like millions of other men out there, but there is also a small part of me that enjoys the programming process. Men typically like to make things, and though something like websites aren’t actually something real that we can physically hold, it does produce a visual, measurable result that can give us a feeling of accomplishment. When you look at a website at the end of your project and are satisfied with how it turned out, you get that same feeling of worth that a craftsman does when he looks at something he made with his hands.

I don’t know if I actually have a talent for this sort of thing, but it’s something I want to at least make a try for. Becoming a freelance web developer is one avenue toward a larger goal that I’ve had for my entire life that I’ve struggled to find a way into: becoming my own boss. For most of my life, I haven’t really had a skillset that lent itself toward working for myself. You have to have something that’s marketable, and being a musician or an administrator isn’t really something that you can market very well. Just about everyone needs a website, though.

One of the more inspirational quotes I’ve ever heard said something to the effect of “follow your dreams, but just accept the fact that it probably won’t turn out exactly the way you hoped it would”, the point being that it is our expectations that typically cause us to be unable to find what we’re looking for. Many of us either have or could have a version of what we want, but we become paralyzed thinking that what we want is out of reach. This is absolutely true in most cases; exactly what we want is almost always out of reach, but perhaps getting even a small slice of it is worth the effort.

As I grow older, I become increasingly discontent with the life I’m living today. The first decade of my adult life was marked by so many amazing experiences, and this last decade has been a long series of nothing. I’m content to live a simple life of simple means, but the idea of toiling away for someone else’s profits just doesn’t sit well with me. There is a tiny hope welling up inside of me that I might have finally found something that can make me money that I actually enjoy doing, and it is starting to spark an excitement in my soul.

Still, being the pessimist that I am, I’m holding on to a very large chunk of reservation about the whole thing. While things involving my survival typically work out in the end, I rarely end up in a place where I’m actually getting something I want out of the larger things in my life. Hope is a fleeting thing that can be snuffed out in an instance, and I’m trying very hard to shelter that little candlestick of light from any vagrant gusts that might come blowing my way. Pull your hand away too soon and the wind can blow your heart away.

At any rate, my hope is that I’ve finally found something I can do that I enjoy that earns me a living. I always hoped it would be writing, and in truth most of website development is writing code, so it’s not turning out exactly as I hoped, but maybe it can be a version of something I’ve always wanted. You have to be willing to accept a compromise to your dreams, or you may never realize any of them at all. Take a chance on something different.

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