I’ve been out in the real world all weekend trying not to starve. This was the first year in my adult life that I experienced that post holiday pinch and with only working part time it’s been a struggle making ends meet. So before I signed up to donate plasma I decided to search online for another part time job. And what I’ve discovered since joining the seasonal workforce is that it’s tougher out there than I thought.
I’ve spent just the past few days getting to know young professionals, recent graduates, and retirees. People with college degrees and still in high school. People who should not be looking for work. But they are, some of them for a really long time despite being hard working and often times over qualified. And I’m dumbfounded. Not to mention terrified.
It seems like everyone is looking for work these days and unfortunately, for those that are lucky enough to have a job, sometimes it’s still not enough. And it makes me wonder how many Creatives out there are slave to a job they hate just to pay the bills. I know it’s got to be true for so many of us, artist or not, but not only is it disheartening, it’s worrying.
See I have this theory, that may or may just not be the product of my naivety, but I think that everyone is born with certain traits and talents and passions–all just a means of fulfilling our destinies to make the world a better place. But if we’re all denying those traits and talents and passions, if we’re all denying our true purpose for the sake of paying our bills, then how can the world possibly become a better place?
I think it’s a legitimate question and one that we’ll have to face eventually. Because, naive or not, I think…no, I know the world depends on it. The world depends on our gifts. The world depends on our vision. And despite how tough times are right now, the world still depends on us.
The world depends on us.