After working longer hours than the “average” 9am – 5pm ever since I left university, it’s time to give it up.
It’s like a bad habit, an addiction. I’ve been addicted to the security that corporate life has given me for years and ignoring the voices (of my family, friends and my own) that keep pestering me about my love of music and the creative arts.
There is something about working for 8 hours plus the 2 hours travel into the city that grates with me. Perhaps it is the ‘free spirited Sagittarian’ in me. Perhaps I’m just afraid that I’m not really living.
It stops in 2011. I have decided to take my music degree and use it to earn a living rather than as a quirky fact I tell workmates or new acquaintences. I will be teaching singing lessons to both children and adults, working a maximum of 6 hours a day, allowing plenty of time for practice, attending auditions, writing, taking dance and instrument lessons, exercise and exploring my city.
Why had I not done this sooner? I think it takes a lot of courage to give up security for passion and flexibility. No more sick leave, annual leave or employer superannuation. No more socialising with colleagues, free printing or training. But I will be free from 2 hours of travel a day, office politics, making people coffee, enforced lunch times, mind numbing tasks, purchasing workwear and doing something every day that I don’t love. That is worth the risk.
I’ll keep you updated on how it’s all going over the next few months, but if you have any tips or suggestions they’d be welcomed with open arms.
I think there comes a day in every person’s life where they have to listen to their heart and jump.