It's Monday morning and I am not writing this blog post from my cubicle at work, I am writing it from the comforts of my own home.
If you know me, or even know of me, you may already know I recently made one of the most important decisions of my life.
I am 25 years old and I have left my job at a corporate company to pursue my passion of writing.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is sincerely helping me through this chaotic time and here's why...
I loved writing so much, I even chose to attend a college which promised to help create a career out of my passion. In 2012, I received my Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Buffalo State College.
However, throughout all of my schooling from kindergarten to college, despite all of our exams and classes, no one ever taught us how to live in the real world. No one taught us how to find a real job, how to interview once you found one, how to find an apartment, how to budget, and most of all, how to be an adult. Sure, our parents could have helped in these areas, but let's be honest, which college grad wants to listen to their parents regarding life altering decisions?
So, I did what I thought was best. I lived on my own, and didn't have the luxury of being picky. I found cozy administrative and reception jobs to pay the bills. If I found someone willing to pay me, I was sold!
Fast forward a few corporate jobs later, and here I was. A passionate writer trapped inside a cubicle pushing around papers and a corporate agenda. I was doing so many things on a daily basis, except for the one thing I love most in this entire world, writing.
The idea to leave my job to pursue my passion was simply terrifying. I'd lose my only source of income, my health insurance and my security.
However, the idea of not living a happy and fulfilled life was even more terrifying, so I left.
Call me crazy, call me selfish, call me immature, call me whatever you want, but the one thing I can call myself right now, in this very moment, is happy.
My sister, one of my biggest support systems, recommended I read Big Magic after I told her I had left my job. The book had been on my infinite to-read list, but I decided now was a better time than any to read it.
Elizabeth Gilbert has taught me so much with this book, I am incredibly grateful and inspired.
In Big Magic, Liz teaches readers so many priceless lessons. Here is what I took from the book, I hope these lessons encourage and inspire you to read it as well.
-We are never too young, or too old to chase our dreams
-Stay away from safe bets and take the risk you wish you could
-We each have a gift, don't let the fear of failure let your gift slip away
-Don't let fear run your life in general. It's always going to be there, but you can control it and even use it to your advantage
-We only have one life to do what we love, take chances and have no regrets
-Love your creativity and inspiration, catch it and cultivate it
Obviously, there are many more things to take away from this book. Go on Amazon and download the Kindle version right now! You'll want the electronic copy so you can highlight, and you will be highlighting very often.
Big Magic has taught me it's okay to chase your dreams! It's okay! Follow your passions, even if you get a little lost along with way, at least you're heading in the right direction. No matter what you love, whether it's writing, singing, acting, even iceskating, you NEED to read Big Magic.
It has literally changed my life and I know it will impact yours too.
I'm not telling you to go ahead and leave your job like I have, but I will tell you this, happiness will always trump money.
"Do what you love and fuck the rest."