There’s a lot to be said about doing what you love as your profession. Not everyone does just that or is lucky enough to find a way to make a little money as they progress through life by doing something that excites them and keeps them motivated.
I’ve been one of the lucky ones and I have been reminded of that fact many times in my life. Most recently, I had a little downtime in writing assignments. I used that time to do some personal organizing and downsizing, other activities I find I like and look forward to when I get the chance.
But two assignments since then reinforced my love for writing. The subjects are interesting and the people I interview and facts I research for the stories are
sometimes eye-opening. That just motivates me even more to produce quality content and to tell a great story. As I’ve probably written here a few times, perfection is impossible, but striving for it can produce excellence. (With apologies to Vince Lombardi, one of my idols. I’m paraphrasing the late, great football — and life — coach.)
I also recently visited with a former newspaper colleague and good friend, who said something I often think about: If the newspaper business was still like it was when we worked together, she hoped she would still be in that industry.
But instead of getting bogged down in recalling “the good ol’ days” of the mid-2000s, we both quickly agreed we can’t go back. So here I am, making my way in this freelance writing world, while she holds down a steady insurance job and plans her upcoming wedding. Both of us moving forward from where we were.
Writing has always been my passion. It still is, even if it seems to happen a little less frequently than I would like. But that’s up to me, too. I could do a better job marketing myself and my skills, find more clients. I often think of trying to pitch story ideas to editors, but always come across comments from other writers about the difficulties making that work. Still, anything worthwhile takes effort, it doesn’t come to anyone (well, maybe there are a few exceptions) on a silver platter.
At any rate, I’m once again invigorated about where I’m at and looking forward to whatever happens next. I’ve always been a glass-half-full person, although find myself a little bit less so when I see things in this world that trouble me. On a more personal level, though, I like to think I’m just as excited and happy to be doing what I’m doing than I ever was.
Here’s to making sure that shows in my professional approach and results.