So, there’s a quote (or probably ten million quotes) about how if you truly find your passion it won’t feel like work.
In my old pay-the-bills job, I worked with a woman who used to talk about how she would sit in bed at night reading variable annuity trade papers and discussing them with her husband who was also in the industry. She had clearly found her passion.
Not one I could understand, quite frankly. (I have a pathological aversion to anything VA-related.) But there have been times when I spent countless hours working on a project without ever thinking that I was working. Usually, for me, it was some situation where I was inventing a new approach or way of doing things and the creation part of it was so fun I never stopped to think about the hours I was putting in.
And I realized the other day that I write almost every single day and don’t mind it at all. There is no “Thank God it’s finally Friday” mindset when I’m writing. True, some days I have to force myself to start typing, because my mind isn’t quite ready to go, but even if I’m not writing, I’m reading about writing or reading someone else’s writing every day. And I enjoy it. It’s not a hardship.
I’m sure if I ever end up under contract and have to write a book by X date, then that may change, but I think it’s a good sign that I enjoy what I’m doing at this point. I really don’t think any profession can be 100% amazing and fun all the time, but if you can find one that’s enjoyable most of the time and not completely miserable more than once or twice a year, then you’re probably ahead of the majority of people.