This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. Hope you enjoy!
For almost my entire life I have never enjoyed the work that I was employed in, regardless of the field, it just seemed to drain the energy right out of me.
About 6 months ago, when I decided to quit my comfy management job and head out to travel, I had a general idea that I would write more on my site and work on a book. My focus was on doing it for the enjoyment of it, with no real intent to monetize it except perhaps far in the future when I felt the effort I had put in was worthy of compensation.
Lately I realized that it would be fun to work online, and perhaps make some side money to fund my traveling and ease the transition back home once I return. So I created a profile and got to asking prospective clients if I could take on some of their projects. Yesterday someone finally responded back and gave me a chance to prove myself. The pay is tiny, the work simple, and I am sitting here waiting, nervous as hell, with my fingers crossed that the client enjoyed the work I sent over.
For the first time in my life, even though it was such a small piece of work, I find myself enjoying what I have done. The actual grind of writing out the article was unpleasant, but the sense of accomplishment at the end was joyous. Even if it turns out I did a bad job, I quite like this sense of working in a creative fashion through a method I find pleasant. The hustle and massive stress I felt working in management never gave me any sense of accomplishment, I simply just felt more stressed and had 10 more problems piled up after.
I hope to continue finding more work in this field and really push my boundaries and become a better writer.
One happy word at a time.