What gets you out of bed every morning? Is it that first cup of coffee and the morning news? Do you wake up looking forward to going to work every day? Or is your job merely a means to an end? You are punching a clock and working for the weekend. What is it that motivates you, really?
I have had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. I used to have notebooks full of marginally good work from when I was a kid, stories, and ideas for stories, and drawings of stories; I’m certain that most writers have kept journals like that. Now, because of the circumstances of life, I am one of those people who punch a clock and get a paycheck, but not really invested in the work I am doing.
Through this blog, as well as the writing I am doing privately, (publishable, I pray,) I have an outlet. I have no idea whether anyone but my wife will ever read any of these posts, but I still feel compelled to write them.
The point is this: I spent the first 30+ years of my life doing what I thought was necessary to make a living, and thought of things like this as just a hobby. For the longest time I looked at writing as a fantasy, as something that I might be able to do for fun, but never make money doing. That still may be true and I might be talking to myself for years to come, but that’s not the point. Others have pointed out that I seem to have a talent for writing, and whether I do it to make money or not, I’m still going to do it because it’s something that I deeply enjoy. That’s why it’s so important for a man to examine himself and really figure out what it is that makes him happy; gives him joy. For example, I dream of one day owning a wood shop with all the tools necessary to build our own furniture. Result? A dream without a path to get there. it’s like Dorothy being told to go to the Emerald City, but theres no yellow brick road to follow. People spend thousands of dollars a year on hobbies that will never bear any fruit other than enjoyment, and that’s ok, but there is something in each of us that is a God-given talent that we are meant to use for His glory and our betterment.