This was powerful and touching — and much of that is because I could connect my own experiences with yours.
I didn’t do the big move to L.A. I was terrified of unemployment and high rents, however several of my classmates went that direction (we’re all film majors, it was bound to happen to somebody).
So I stayed at home for now, and dealt with months of freelance work (read: unemployment) just trying to scrape by, getting depressed by all the success I thought I should have had by now and questioning everything I’ve done thus far.
Those nagging doubts and fears are really tough to silence, but I have to keep reminding myself that this all takes time. Not everybody gets INSERT DREAM JOB right away. I’ve actually got some nice accomplishments so far in my career, and every day is a journey towards my ultimate goal.
Getting a full time position at job helped drastically, as the unemployment thing was really dragging me down. I had to make a spur of the moment decision to apply for something that wasn’t in my field, and it worked out. Now I can pursue my film interests on the side, though it is difficult to balance the time.
It’s a process. Life is tricky, messy, uncomfortable. The internet is constantly reminding us of what we haven’t done, and how people we knew are doing what we want to do.
Remember, that internet presence is a glorified version of what’s really going on. Not everyone shares the whole truth. I know I don’t.
It boils down to this: We need to remember what we’ve done, and where we’re going, and know that obstacles along the way might suck but are necessary in life.