“What do you do for a living?”
That is a question that I’ve been asked multiple times. My immediate response to that question would be, “I work in HR as a recruiter.” Then I would soak it in, their response of amazement and awe.
“Wow you’re so young!”
“Good for you!”
My life and my identity have been greatly defined by the career that I picked for myself. I enjoyed the satisfaction I received from telling others where I worked and what I did. It was a big part of my identity, until one month ago. I decided to quit my job and pursue my passions in writing and drawing.
Now what do I say when I people ask me, “what do you do for a living?”
Can I honestly tell them that I’m a writer? Or that I draw? It’s so easy to say, but at the same time I find myself struggling to say the words. I’m not ashamed to be a writer or to draw, but I’m scared because I feel like a fraud. I feel like I’m all talk, but no action, no published works or art portfolio.
The fear lingers, but there’s only thing that I can do to erase it, and that is to draw and write. Draw and write everyday. Draw and write until it becomes as natural as breathing. Then one day, I’ll feel confident enough to identify myself as a writer and an artist.