Like bat shit crazy.
Not the “I am gonna murder my ex boyfriend” kinda crazy, I am talking about the good kind of crazy. More like the “screw it, im gonna try it out” or the “ im gonna book that ticket and go for a solo holiday” kinda crazy. The “this is totally not me” kinda crazy. The positive kinda crazy and insanity.
It may not be a negative thing. You know as the saying goes, in every invention, there is a spark of insanity or madness. It takes someone who is slightly crazy or unbalanced to look past the norm and experience different emotions that will propel inventions and movements.
But that being said, please refrain from using insanity as an excuse to be irresponsible. But using insanity or madness responsibility may produce amazing results! Keep going and doing it for 10,000 hours may seem insane to some but that is the practice you need to be really good at something especially if it is an art form. (Though talent does play a part! But compare a talented painter who hates painting versus a mediocre person who does one painting a day for 5 years. See the drift?)
The word insanity is commonly used in a bad connotation, but the insanity I am talking about refers more to a spark or you can call it drive to keep doing something and keep doing till you are happy with it. Not to get success and make a living but who knows, there might be a chance of that happening!
And what is success? It means different things to different people. Some people attribute success to financial freedom while others just wanna be happy doing what they love. Eg, drawing, painting, music, singing etc.
Someone ever told me before that it is not right to encourage a person to chase his or her dream full time. Reason being that that person might suck it at so much but will keep at it and hence, suffering and not making a living out of it. It causes depression and bitterness when the person finally realizes that the dream they have might not be able to sustain them.
This is even more evident in countries like Singapore where success means putting food on the table, getting a condo, driving a car and being financially well off.
I totally agree to it! Being a dreamer myself, sometimes I wonder where my next meal comes or if I am able to pay for my insurance. (Yes kids, insurance is important!)
But on the other hand, what’s the point and joy in life when you do nothing but work for something that you don’t love? Of cos there are those fortunate ones who are able to make their dream their reality and live a life they are proud of.
So how do we balance it all up? I am no expert in this and I cant say “quit your job and go all in!”.
But my advice would probably be to go in part time! Find ways you can monetize your hobby! Sell what you bake! If you like to draw and you love to tell stories, be a storyboard artist! Brush up on your work! Keep going at it! And one day, you never know, that might became your full time job!
So take a chance! Go with the hunch! Take calculated risk. LIVE!