Thursday, January 03, 2008

The fortune in my cookie

I ate Chinese food for dinner and the fortune in my cookie told me that "Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness."

I found the fortune apt because I just completed my fourth calendar year as a full-time freelance writer/editor and in a few months--April 1, actually--I will complete my fifth year as a full-time freelancer.

Nearly five years spent doing what I like and liking what I do isn't a bad run. That's 10 percent of my life (or about 16 percent of my adult life), a stretch of time that few people I know can claim to have spent doing what they like and liking what they do.

Now if I can ever get my personal life in the same condition as my professional life, I'll be swimming in gravy.


Jim Winter said...

So tell me, do you work more or less than when you had a day job?

Michael Bracken said...

I probably work about the same amount of time. When I had a full-time job I was also freelancing part-time. I gave my employer(s) 40+ hours each week and then wrote and did other freelance work in the evenings and on weekends. Now, it's all freelance work.