“You surprised me on that day,” the creature spoke. “I did not expect a learned magician among all the farmers. They didn’t make a case of intellect. Sheesh, using such barbaric weapons against me. But you, you managed to get me.”
The creature walked slowly towards Abner, both eyes on him. This time, the thing knew about his magic and he would not be able to surprise it, and it did not want to be…
Inspired by every student whose told they can’t be an artist because it doesn’t “make enough money”.
This is literally so inspirational to me right now.
I needed this really badly right now.
Money will not follow you to heaven. Your happiness will.
Go after your dreams…mindfully.
I get this post, but if you don’t address very real financial concerns, you’ll find that most people will quit going after their dreams.
Financial security is important. Going after your dreams is important. Feeling happy is important. At the same time, it’s important to address and be aware of all of these things rather than taking comfort in the protective college bubble that shields us from life and life’s very really problems.
I just went to the doctor and had my insurance cover a procedure. It cost $15. Without insurance a simple 45 minute visit would have cost $600. What if I didn’t have insurance? What if I didn’t have the money to cover a cost like that?
Follow your dreams, sure. But if your dreams take place in a competitive field where it’s difficult to make money, you better make sure you have a plan. And you’d better make sure it’s a damned good plan.
You want to be a writer? An artist? An actress? Do it. But make sure you’re that type of person that’s a doer,that has grit, that has a plan, that pulls from a pool strength in times of trouble, that saves up for a rainy day while daring to dream, rather than the type of person that sits at home eating fruit loops bemoaning the fact that they need to pay $600 for a routine procedure and that they are going without.
I like novicephoenix’s commentary, and I agree with her 100%.
But honestly? Mostly I just call bullshit on this kind of pseudo-inspirational post. It takes a considerable amount of luck and capital (financial and social) to make an actual living being “creative.”
Not worrying about making money is a sign of privilege.
I feel lucky all if the time that the thing I am passionate about, teaching, corresponds to a professional, full time career. But I can’t pretend that it’s financial limitations don’t bother me.
There are weeks and months where I resent my passion for teaching because I feel like I have condemned myself to paycheck-to-paycheck living. Because I can’t save. Because I *can* afford necessities—rent, insurance, food—and nothing else. And I told myself all through college that it’s not about the money, it’s about making a difference! Passion! Meaning! I haven’t yet left teaching, so I guess that’s true, but what if I had been unlucky enough to have a passion that did not correspond to a professional career?
Also, bullshit like this contributes to the institutionalized underpayment of public servants. Nurses, social workerss, teachers, public defenders, etc, etc, shouldn’t get paid more because we’re not in it for the money, you know? We’re in it for the people and the world-saving.
To that I say: bullshit. Pay us a fair wage, even if we love our jobs, because giving all of my energy and talent to 100+ kids everyday doesn’t keep food in my fridge. Money can absolutely buy happiness, and those who think otherwise have never had to live in poverty.