Making My Escape
Continued from Part 3…
At some point in the midst of my research, journaling and trying to find a new path, I had an epiphany. A real “DING” light bulb moment. Suddenly, everything I had been through, all the so called “wasted time” made perfect sense. It was all leading up to THIS exact moment in my life, giving me all the tools I would need to shape a career of my own choosing. The seemingly scattered education I had gained through my years of college were the exact skills I needed to take the next step. I think it was this change in perspective that really gave me the push I needed to commit to becoming a professional artist (what I should have been doing all along!).
I saved up what money I could and if I am being honest, more would have been better (I am fortunate to have someone supporting me). By September of 2016 I had given my notice at my job and was heading out into the big, scary unknown. This time I was the one creating change in my life. Yes, there were certainly risks involved, but I had to give it a go. I have not had a single moment of regret since.
Truthfully, with the internet being what it is today, it is easier than ever for artists to be successful or for anyone to make money online. There are countless unconventional ways to make a living from the web. Just Google it.
Moral of the story? Don’t do something just because it is what is “expected” or what your parent’s want. Don’t limit yourself because of a perceived obstacle or so-called impossibility. How will you know if you never try? Don’t let yourself be boxed in by convention or fear of financial security. There is a way to make just about anything work. It may not be exactly how you had planned, but just take it one step at a time and see where it takes you. You don’t have to know all the answers before you start, because you will NEVER have all the answers. Trust that you can handle what life throws at you and that it will work out.
Follow your heart. Listen to your gut. Live with no regrets. Don’t be afraid to be different and to walk your own path. I will leave you with a quote (applies to anyone):
The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before.
Creativity in living is not without its attendant difficulties, for peculiarity breeds contempt. And the unfortunate thing about being ahead of your time is that when people finally realize you were right, they’ll say it was obvious all along. You have two choices in your life; you can dissolve into the mainstream, or you can be distinct. To be distinct, you must be different. To be different, you must strive to be what no one else but you can be.
By Alan Ashley-Pitt (Aardvarque Enterprises, 116 W. Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara, California 93104)