Reality Check: I’m not going to write because of money
Wheh! Such a big word to say, but the truth is money is not everything.
I never dreamed of being a writer, but the situation brought me to fully embrace this profession starting in 2019 after my mom’s accident. I have no other option but to take care of her while recovering from a leg bone surgery.
Now that she’s 82, she can no longer care for herself. People may make odd comments about my stay-at-home lifestyle, but they can’t understand why I can’t leave my mother alone with any caregiver since she doesn’t want to be with anyone else except me.
Nobody is placed in a life situation where the only purpose is to break one’s heart. I still believe in the sovereignty of God. We may intently choose our life’s condition or what circumstance has brought us in. Regardless, there is always beauty in every bad situation.
Working in academia and industry for over two decades has turned me into a workaholic individual. I’ll never forget the years when I had to work two or three jobs simultaneously to make ends meet — pushing myself to exhaustion in both body and mind. I’m not that person anymore.
The notion of working from home was very remote for me at that time since, in my society, career and personal value are always associated with an enjoyable outside-the-house vocation.
As the Covid epidemic spreads, people realize that life is more than just going to work and making money. Working for your own family is more important than everything else in life.
Years of commuting, getting stuck in traffic, eating meals that would satisfy my hunger, collaborating with coworkers, finishing a mountain of paperwork, and thinking about the deadlines for compliance reports emerge in my memory as history. Money may not be much, but at least I am contented with a low-stress job as a professional writer for the time being.
I am no longer keeping track of how many years have gone. When I switched from being a career woman to a work-at-home writer, I had a lot of sad recollections of how people reacted. Comments like “You should have been a successful academician if you hadn’t abandoned teaching” are discouraging. People-pleasing behavior began to rob me of my ideal existence in the past, but it’s all gone now.
As a result, I’m thriving in my ideal writing career. The money is not much, but the feeling of being at peace with myself and seeing my family’s situation aligned with my long-term aspirations is enough for me.
When I started writing here on Medium and Quora, I intended to create a portfolio for employment purposes. But now, I see life from a different perspective. I write because I want to share my thoughts and be an inspiration for others who are passing through an ordeal in life.
As I read stories of people and great writers here on Medium, I finally realized to stop writing in a structured manner but let my ideas flow out incessantly. I may not be a great writer, but my heart’s sharing sets lasting freedom.
A writer indeed is writing from the heart and not from the pocket. I write because writing is my life.
My mom has successfully recuperated from leg surgery at her age though she is currently battling Alzheimer’s. With that, I will still press on……….and will never STOP from writing.
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