Almost all of us are in this position. It’s hell for a lot of us but we in it. It’s working for the man. We don’t even care who the man is we just want to work for ourselves and we’re tired of working for someone else but we gotta survive.
As much as I hate to admit it. Working a 9 to 5 job helps me a lot on my writing journey and other creative endeavors. Some of you may not want to hear or admit that shit but I’m going to explain how the best way I can.
YOU SHOW THE FUCK UP
When Monday hit a lot of you are pissed. Saddened. You live for the weekend which is something I can’t do because everyday is just a day to me. I lose track of the days easily. I work 7 days a week so Monday’s don’t truly bother me. My 9 to 5 job is simple and easy. Doesn’t mean I like it but it is what it is.
Regardless we all show the fuck up. Happy or sad we have our asses at work because we have bills. This trait carries over to my creative side. I go to work if I’m sick. The only way I call off is if I’m puking my life away. The same thing I do with the writing assignments I give myself. I don’t call in sick. I show the fuck up. I treat it as if I’m getting paid from it. I will soon but it’s important that I show up no matter what to write. The same goes for whatever your passion is outside of your jobs. You have to show up and treat it as if it pays your bills because it will one day if you work hard enough.
PREPARED FOR A DAY FULL OF WORK
I’ve explained this recently of why I don’t go out as much anymore. My 9-5 take up 7 to 8 hours of my day 5 days a week. I workout for a hour and a half after work 5 days a week. I go to bed either before or right at 12am. So this gives me about 6 hours for writing Mon - Fri.
Working a job has me wired to work all day. It doesn’t matter if you take your job seriously or not. You know you will be at your job all day and that’s how I approach writing. I know I will be prepared to be at my desk writing after the gym for 6 hours straight. The difference is that I love it and it’s lonely but it’s what I have to do.
I work a 9-5 to survive in society. With no money I’d be homeless. I also create to survive. Without creativity I’d slap a lot of mothafuckas I gave passes to a long fucking time ago and I would lose my mind without creativity. Life would be so weird without me doing what I do creatively. I need it to survive and keep my life fun.
I wake up at around 6am Monday through Friday to get ready to go to work. This has caused me to never sleep in ever again. I don’t like sleeping past 9am. I feel I’ve wasted the day if I sleep until like 10:30am or something. I’m not the type to just lay in bed all day unless I’ve given myself a day off from everything. If not then I can’t do it.
I don’t like staying up super late either unless it’s writing or binge watching related. I use to just stay up late because I could but now I force myself to go to sleep.
When I have a day off I still wake up early so I can start creating. I can’t sleep in nor do I want to and this is what drove me to quit drinking. I don’t want to sleep past 9am nor do I want my body to feel like I fucked 3 thick women in one night when I wake up. I need to be fully charged and ready to put in at least 8 to 10 hours of work on writing and reading and I’ll be satisfied. My 9 to 5 has taught me how to be disciplined with my time.
9 to 5 jobs can really stress you the fuck out because one you don’t want to do it and two you’re most likely underpaid and unappreciated for what you do. The fact that I hate my job gives me mental strength. When I fail at something creatively I don’t trip off that shit because my regular job I’ve been through worse like small talk, incompetent co workers, horrible management and dumb shit like that. When I hit a road block creatively I laugh and keep going. Failure is funny to me because I get excited to correct and improve on shit creatively. I laugh at my creative failures. My mental is basically like Wolverine's adamantium claws cause of the dumb shit I experience at work so when I do fail creatively I’m unworried and chill as fuck.
It's still fuck work tho.