Choosing Art Over Business

Back to sharing blog posts that I bookmarked ages ago.  And here’s one that I’m sure most of you saw at the time it came out, but I just reread it and it still makes me smile.  So here’s the illustrated departure memo one finance lawyer who really wanted to be an artist wrote upon leaving her law firm job:

My “Life” In Law (A Short Story)

You have to read it for some of the illustrations.  I found myself nodding and thinking, “yeah, I remember a moment like that one myself…”

(There was a time in my professional career when all I wanted was a Blackberry.  It would be a sign that I’d “made it.”  Then I got one…Hahaha.  Not what I’d expected it to be.)

Here are a few good quotes, too:

“Through trial and error and six figures of student loans, I’ve learned that there are two types of things in this world: things that nourish me and things that drain me. And things that get in the way of my art are excess noise. They’re superfluous. Clutter.”

“I’d just encourage you to try to find some time, however much you need—whether that’s a half hour a week, or a whole reboot of your life—to enjoy the things you used to.”

Not everyone can just upend their life to pursue art, but I think it is essential to realize what matters to you and make room for it in your life in some way, shape, or form.  If you can’t, then you have to realize that something is out of balance.

When I was in high school and my first year of college, my benchmark was that I needed time to read the comics section of the newspaper everyday.  If I didn’t have time for that, something needed to change.

Later it became laughing every day.  If I didn’t laugh at at least one thing every day, that was my sign that I needed to make changes in my life.

After that was the business travel test.  If I felt the need to work on a flight to or from a business assignment, then I needed to find a way to put balance back in my life.  (When else was I going to find time to read the latest Brad Thor book?)

Silly measures.  But they reminded me that I needed balance in my life or it just wasn’t worth it.

About M. H. Lee

M.H. Lee is a speculative fiction writer currently residing in Colorado whose stories are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, sometimes darkly funny, but hopefully always thought-provoking and entertaining.
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