I am a creative person, as many people are. The struggles involved with being creative (although at times it can be very rewarding/fulfilling) are the torturous times when the outside world tries to dull the creative process. There is a glow that creative people have when they accomplish a project or receive positive feedback about their work. It is a constant buzz of excitement and gratification that fills the body, knowing that your life's work is doing what you love.
In a world that thrives off of excess and competition, making tons of money (no matter how much it kills your insides) is the goal for so many people. In my opinion, there is a fine line between stability/living well and making sure your car is the nicest on the block. Many people are stuck in their ways and if something is unfamiliar to them, then it is considered absurd. When people do not have a creative flair or a burning desire in them to try new experiences, they immediately think that those types of people are unstable and wild.
As an actress in the past and a yoga teacher in the present, I have always come across individuals who do not understand my lifestyle. I have tried corporate environments and different types of "real jobs" that have sucked out any bit of happiness from the depths of my soul. I know that that particular lifestyle is not for me and I applaud those who work in corporate who make tons of money doing what they love.
Over the past two years, I have been asked from many people what my real job is. The answer is, I am a yoga teacher. The cocked-eyebrows and side-eyed-stares in response to such absurdity has bothered me for a long time. Even before I was a yoga teacher, I was never in a type of career that looked good on paper or that sounded impressive to an Ivy Leaguer. I often cringe when I get asked what I do for a living because I know what the response will be. I am rarely surprised by a positive and supportive face, although it does happen occasionally. Career is such a status symbol. It drives me insane. I sometimes wish that I was the type of person who got straight A's in high school, went to the best college, went off to become a lawyer, doctor, or any other impressive career. But, that is not me. Those were not the cards I was dealt and I wish the world would understand that. Everyone has their own path to live.
If people were not yoga teachers then how would you do yoga? How would you de-stress and heal your body? If there were not aspiring actors, singers, and artists how would you be entertained? I wish the world would see the beauty in understanding that.
About once per week, I get asked if I have found a job yet or if I have another job. I see the hope in their eyes for an answer that feeds their curiosity and gives them satisfaction as to how I make money. It makes people uncomfortable to think I could make a living doing what I enjoy. The responses I receive have really bothered me...until recently. I discovered that my life has been hindered in some ways because of my concern for what people think of me. I care too much about opinions and reactions because I guess I want that same buzz of joy that I have for what I do from everyone I meet. But I have realized that I love what I do and enjoy every day so why should someone's opinion take that away from me. (Most of the time that person is secretly envious or miserable in their own way and are projecting their pain on to me). I do not want to deal with that anymore.
Over the past couple weeks I have worked hard on not caring what other people think of my career choice. I noticed that my confidence has escalated and my work opportunities improved. It really is that easy. I need to continue with this mentality and so does everyone reading this. I have hindered my growth because of other people's opinions and I can't believe I have let that go on for so long.
Love what you do and shine a big confident smile in anyone's face who tries to take that away from you! Namaste!