For me, I've found working in education and human services/mental health fields to be rewarding financially. At times each have not been rewarding emotionally. In education I deal with youth, it can be hard, they can be lazy, and everyone makes bad decisions. Mental health has it's moments too; intense situations, arguing patients, issues with family members, etc. etc. etc.
However recently I put out a tweet I didn't expect to get much from. But there it was, writers from
I mean there were teachers, SPED teacher, professors, field engineers, HVAC technician, legal assistants medical assistants and students of all kind!
One person checked in and said they worked in hell (ha!) Not really, their hell was a call center; but if it had goats, then it would be a different story. There was another who said he was a male dancer--I understand, it takes all types. There were even some lobbyist (for non-profits), and sufferers of PTSD and CPTSD. There was even a guy there who like me, who busted out two jobs--think he was a firefighter and doing construction.
Connections are amazing! They are the beginnings of our stories, or little reminders that we are not alone, or reads that make us chuckle, then get back to the grind. It is good to know that the community is strong, and though there are obstacles (like hellish jobs) we continue to write. We continue to imagine, continue to write, continue to connect with each other in weird and wonderful ways.
So keep banging out those odd jobs, pay the bills, and write till the blood in your veins is nothing more than the word you have left on your paper. I go by poet402, and I approved this message!