If you've been following this blog, you'll know that I've been working as a freelancer for the last three months. So how is it? Pretty cool, actually. I get to work on my own time. I get to attend events, nap, or play Xbox whenever I want to. It's great to stay inside the comforts of my place here in Makati most of the time, so if you ask me, I have zero regrets.
That is not to say that it wasn't difficult at the start. One of the most terrifying things I've done in my life so far is quitting my full-time job. Heck, I'm only 22. I was terrified that I haven't paid my dues enough and wouldn't make it as a freelancer. I was terrified of being poor. I was terrified of having to come back home to the province and live with my Mom (she's awesome, by the way, but living with my parents isn't my idea of a successful life).
The first month sucked. I earned very little money. However, on the second month, everything turned around. I got big gigs out of the blue, an editorial job, then the business boomed. It seemed like doors were opening everywhere - pardon the cliche, but that's the truth. I have never been this busy in my life.
The lack of a full-time job that drains my time and energy really gave me a lot of opportunities to spread my talents. I found out what I'm good at and learned how to improve where I'm not. I learned how to manage my time (the hard way). During this excruciating, continuing process, I managed to grow both as a professional and as a person. I still have a long way to go of course but I'm happy that I'm on my way. I think so, anyway.
So why am I telling you this? Maybe you're at a point in your life very similar to what I encountered - an unfulfilling job, barely enough time for yourself, and too much compromise on your end. I just want to tell you that all it takes to be happy is a little faith in yourself. Where there's faith, there's hope. Where there's hope there's courage. Where there's courage there are positive results. Where there are positive results there is happiness.
Evaluate your life and ask yourself: is there somewhere else you'd rather be? If the answer is yes, well, you know what to do. Break out and make things happen because it's sure as hell that no one else would do it for you.