A couple of conversations this week and reading a blog post by Andrea at Four Square Walls got me thinking how many of us are lucky enough to make a living by following our dreams or hobbies. I really admire people who do, who stick to what they want and don't give up no matter how long it takes. I never really knew what I wanted to do when I was at school and it was sort of expected I would leave and get a job, any job and that is what I did. I have never been out of work from leaving School at 16 and I am grateful for that but I do envy those who have a true passion, one that is unwavering over time. I returned to education later, and studied part-time while working from home when the children were younger, I did this to improve my options and it did. I changed my job from working in a sewing factory which was killing my love of sewing to becoming a teaching assistant. I do enjoy my work but there are days when I feel I am missing something. I suppose a lot of us feel that way sometimes, I have done a few alteration jobs for people this week and I really enjoy these jobs, just me, the sewing machine and some loud music. I sort of need the stability of a regular income too though, very brave the people who own their own businesses and may not know how the next month will pan out income wise.
I have a few bits listed at my Folksy shop and I did sell another bag this week, only a small profit but such a wonderful feeling that someone wants to own something I made.
When I see fabric I am full of ideas what I could do but the thought of items sitting unsold in the cupboards puts the breaks on a lot of the time. Fabric is expensive which is why I choose to use recycled mostly but how gorgeous are those prints below?
Andrea's post she confessed to having given up her job and taken a job in a sewing studio to learn more and follow her dream. How brave is she and although I would not want to go back to working as a jobbing machinist in a factory by choice (don't get me wrong I would if I was out of work and needed to) I love the way she has just gone for it to see if this is for her. I spoke to friend last night who's daughter is at college doing performing arts, she wants to sing and that is all she has ever thought of doing, her parents are very supportive and she is working on songs for an album and is always out doing performances. I just thought wow! If she is going to give it her every best shot I'm sure she will get somewhere with it.
I think sometimes we compromise because we need some stability, of course more so when you have a family you are not just thinking of yourself when you make choices. Working for some one else means you have to bite your tongue quite a lot, you feel your life is not your own at times and there are things you just don't agree with but what can you do? We make this trade for the comfort of having a pay cheque each month and someone else having the worry of how that comes about, I just think sometimes are all those hours that we will never get back well spent if we are not truly happy? I just want to say to every one out there who is following their dream and working doing what they love most, good on you, I want to join your club one day. I just need to figure it out...