Freedom to Follow Your Dreams

When I was laid off from my office job last year, it wasn’t much of a surprise. Or, for that matter, all that much of a let down. I had been saying for a while that I wasn’t made to be a cubicle-shaped creature, and losing my miserable nine-to-fiver was at worst an inconvenience and at best a blessing.

The best part about it, really, has been that my husband has encouraged me from the first day to use this as my opportunity to do my dream full time. Writing, editing, all of it. Because this really is my dream, what I want to do with my life for the rest of my days, and I have been given a gift of a kick in the ass to to this now, instead of putting it off until someday.

But it’s doing this, here and now that’s my dream, and I don’t think I could quite have that kind freedom anywhere else. And I think that’s really damn awesome.

And here, have something else I dream about:

He has his own special folder in my i-candy directory and everything. *happy sigh*


Liz Silver is an author, an editor, an Internet magpie. She likes shiny objects, long walks on the beach, and British television shows. You can find her here, on Twitter, now even on Facebook.

5 Responses to Freedom to Follow Your Dreams

  1. Cassandra Carr

    That’s pretty much what got me writing full-time too. So should we thank the money-hungry corporate types for laying us off to save a buck? 😉

  2. For me it was either letting my kids drive me insane or saving my sanity by writing and doing something for myself. Not sure if I’m sane or not, but I’m definitely doing what I love!

    • Elizabeth Silver

      I’m pretty sure I’d go nuts if I couldn’t go write. Sometimes, when I get really fussy, my friend Jenny says to me, “Liz, when was the last time you sat down to write?”

      And then I go, “Oh. Yeah.”

  3. My husband turned to me one day and said I should quit my corporate job and write – that was in 2006, and I’ve been doing it ever since. Not that we could live on my salary but I’m working at it 🙂