The Worst Present Ever

Christmastime has come and gone, but I’m still reminded of my friend’s reaction when I told him about some gifts I had purchased for my freelancers. I bought notebooks and sketchbooks — a must for writers and designers — as Christmas gifts and thank-yous for all their hard work throughout the year.

When I told my friend this, he scrunched up his face and replied, “That’s, like, the worst present ever.”

Taken aback, I asked, “How, exactly?”

“Because they’ve been writing or drawing all day, and then you’re going to give them more work to do.”

Work? What are you talking about?” I wasn’t playing dumb. I genuinely had no clue what he was talking about.

He said, “Yeah, the gift should be a way to relax — not something that says, ‘Here’s more work for you to do!’”

This was coming from a person who loathes his job.

Kindly, I explained, “Here’s the difference between you and my freelancers. What they do every day isn’t work. It’s their passion. It’s their dream. Do you know what I do every night after a long day of editing, writing, and marketing? I read. And I write. What they do and what I do? It will never be a job because we chose to do something every day that we adore, that we can’t live without. So no, I don’t believe I purchased a bad present for them. I believe I got something that says, ‘Keep pursuing your dream. I’m here to support you.’”

There are still people out there who hate their jobs and cannot even imagine a world where a job can be fun.

Stand up for your dream, for your passion — even if someone else can’t understand it.

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