So, a warning here to be careful when you professionalize a passion.
I get it.
I mean, I find writing a blog post here and there relaxing, informative, and creative.
But what if it was my job? What if I “had” to do it?
What if I were suddenly on the hook for 12 posts per day, seven days a week. Would it be as fun?
But let’s be encouraged here.
And. One day. If you
do somehow get paid for your hobby. Keep it light! Keep it fun.
Because if it’s not fun for you – you will quit – eventually.
And life is too big in other areas to give up the little things that we love.
Find something they can’t suck the joy out of.
Maybe we should let a hobby be a hobby? And let work – be work?
I sometimes think my lassitude in relation to film is—weirdly—from doing too much reviewing as a young literary man of all work. I reviewed so much fiction that I lost my passion for it, and the same might be said for movies. I once saw more than a dozen on a single weekend in Times Square. But it was writing scripts—good, bad, and indifferent—that dulled the edge of my attraction to movies. Best not to professionalize a passion, as lovers the world over have discovered when they marry and notice a cooling.