Think of a profession. Any profession.
No, I am not going to guess which one you are thinking about. That is not what I do here…
No, think of a good profession, one that you wish was yours.
Okay, turns out, I will be guessing…
I guess a common answer would be a professional athlete. That is fun, after all, right?
Well, I agree, playing for money does sound fun. But think of it this way. Is every aspect of the profession fun?
Being able to take the pressure, the weight of expectations of your fanbase may not always be fun, but some people are still better equipped to handle it than others, right? But I am not talking about the mental aspect, right now.
No, the parts that nobody would enjoy are the more mundane ones. Things like the incessant travel. Nobody wants to take a cross-country flight after every game. But, it is something you cannot avoid.
It is the same for musicians, singers, comedians and such. You have to travel before you get to perform.
Lawyers have to do lots of unglamorous things, like examining briefs and filing motions and visiting jails. It is not all courtroom drama.
Now, I don’t know what part of being a doctor is fun… I do not understand that profession, to be honest.
But, you see, that is how all professions work. You need to do some of the annoying stuff in order to do the stuff you love.
It is like eating on orange. Nobody enjoys peeling an orange. But if you like eating an orange, you have to endure peeling it.
Being a writer is the same. There are so many parts that drive me so crazy: Editing, querying, marketing, dealing with publishers… None of it is really fun.
But you are done with all that, you get to do what you really love. Just sit back, and keep writing all day.
That’s the dream, right?
Well, I look forward to the day it comes true, once again…
Of course, I remember a time when my Mom would peel the oranges for me. A convenient system, you know.
If only I could find an agent to handle all the peeling for me, now…