Hobby != Profession

September 20, 2009

I would hate to be a writer…

See, I love writing… whether it be the odd poem (not in a long time, but it has happened), my latest blog entry or a vague storyline for something (game or otherwise). But boy do I struggle to get there… I have nothing but admiration for those that choose to make writing in any shape or form their careers.

Over the past few days I have been trying to think of something vaguely interesting to write, however that ugly beast known as ‘Writers Block’ chose to rear its ugly head. Thankfully I dont have my entries due by a deadline (god forbid), and I tend to write when I actually feel like writing. This writers block got me thinking… How many times do you look at something and think ‘Wow I would love to do that as my career!’ ?

What sparked this entry was a conversation with my better half, a week or so ago. We were talking about cooking, and food in general (we both share a passion of cooking), and Fran said she would love to be able to make a career out of cooking, because she loves it so much. While I understand the sentiment, I pointed out the fact that when she cooks, she cooks for genuine pleasure and most certainly doesnt have 30+ people in a single kitchen yelling back and forth with the noise of 40+ dishes being cooked at a time…

I know that Im just as guilty of this, as my retirement dream is to own a cafe, due to my all-consuming, overpowering obsession with that glorious black gold known as coffee. I love making coffee, drinking coffee, and thinking about coffee. To the point where I stumbled across a coffee magazine, dedicated to that aromatic, diminuitive little bean, and its everything I ever dreamed of in a magazine about coffee. Im going to stop talking about coffee now, because my fingers are starting to run away with themselves, and if left unchecked I could talk about it for hours…

Ahem…

As I was saying, I have also fallen into this mindset, where I think that hobby = profession. While there are situations where this does happen (and usually these people are the most renowned in their respective fields), most of the time, we ‘common’ people dont truly understand the blood, sweat and even tears that go into running a respective business. I have no freaking clue how hard it is to run a cafe, but from what Ive seen I realise that its not what you would call a ‘calm’ profession.

I think the turning point for someone truly turning their passion or hobby into a real profession is the point where they truly realise what they are getting themselves into, and still want to do it. To know how badly they are going to get screwed around, precisely how many stomach ulcers they will recieve in the process of realising their dream, and most importantly: how much money they stand to lose (not to mention things of a personal nature; marriage, relationships and friendships). Money doesnt grow on trees, and the costs in setting up a business can sometimes set you back years before you start making an actual profit… But if your passion (read: obsession) is powerful enough, nothing can stop you.

So next time you see something on TV/in a magazine/at the movies, and have a knee-jerk reaction of ‘wow, Id love to do that as my career’, think to yourself…

How many stomach ulcers can you survive?

 

Note: If you are wondering what the != means in the title its a programming expression that means ‘does not equal’.

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Greed FTW

June 30, 2009

Ahh greed is a funny thing. The bigger the number, the more suckers wanting to win. I was one of the 1 million West Australians (ie. Suckers) participating in tonights epic $90 mill Oz Lotto MegaDraw.

I think I won, maybe $50. And to be honest Im pretty happy. Of course I would love more, but if I get enough to balance what I put in, there’s no loss.. and I had heaps of fun along the way.

I was watching the live results on TV tonight and there was a woman from the OzLotto offices speaking about the statistics of tonights MegaDraw. I believe she said that Aussies (in W.A. alone I think) had spent 23 million dollars in the basically 1 in 45,000,000 chance of hitting the jackpot.

And it hit me… 23 million bucks. Wow. Could you imagine if every aussie banded together and really wanted to get rid of poverty and hunger in Australia?? (not to mention the other places in the world, but I think we need to fix ourselves before trying to fix someone else)

Shit, if we just pretended there was a 90 mil megadraw every few weeks, we’d knock that shit off inside a year.

Ignorance and apathy are wonderful things…

Sorry if it sounds like Im getting up on my pedestal (the My Pedestal tag is a poke of fun at myself 😛 ), but maybe next time there’s a massive draw like this, stick some of that money into some random charity. God knows there are thousands of them out there… And Im not saying dont buy a ticket, that would be just silly! But one person today I saw spent $1000. Seriously, wtf?

Good luck everyone (who hasnt already checked their numbers 😛 )!


When It Rains, It Pours

June 29, 2009

Inspiration is a strange creature.

It will leap upon as at any given moment in time, constantly bombarding you with new thoughts and ideas. Ways to make existing things better, and the motivation to actually try new things, and times like these are quite hard to come by in the writing world, but by frick when it rains… it pours.

Such was my weekend, full of inspiration and dreams. To the point where my mind wouldnt rest until I had actually written them down! It was as if a fever had come upon me, seeing with my minds eye the potential that these ideas could reach if given the proper time and effort.

The first of such ideas was another blog. A concept I had been toying with for quite some time, as I felt my personal blog was feeling scattered with seemingly random thoughts and genres, but it wasnt until Friday night that things really got underway. By sunday I was having word-visions (for lack of a better term) of the words and analogies to introduce my new blog-child to the world. Needless to say Im as proud as punch of my new baby.

The second (and Im still questioning the wisdom of this) is a webcomic. As you can see, there is nothing there yet, as I am putting the finishing touches on the first release. I write these things purely with my sense of humour in mind… so if you do appreciate quirky, mildly amusing satyrical comics of things both in the general world and the technical world, then I look forward to seeing you there!

I find it quite strange, how I can go from posts being weeks (sometimes months) apart, to the 3 I have done over the past few days! I suppose most in the blogging world would find this normal, however I have been sadly lacking in inspiration over things to write… I refuse to be one of those people that just writes because they feel like they must in order to ‘keep up appearances’. I dont know… I just dont feel right writing when I dont feel the urge to write… That constant need to keep typing about things relevant to me in this world, both whimsical and otherwise.

My advice to anyone out there: when inspiration bites you on the ass, dont flinch… you dont know how long it will be before it will bite again…

So enjoy it while it lasts!

 

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