Saturday, September 09, 2006

B-chain#6/ You wanna be a what?

razibahmed showed us where writing wasn't just a dream, but a part of him. In order to be whole/complete and still do his duty he found a way to accomidate both. There must be a geneitc code or chemical imbalance in some of us, that Doctors and Scientist just haven't found yet. Think about it.

Why else would a teacher at a university give up their position and comfy life style to pursue writing full time? To face rejection over and over, to wonder how the bills are going to get paid, or where the next meal is comming from. To subject themselves over and over again to being told "not now", "not good enough", this affliction does not just apply to writers alone though.

Why would a housewife start to go to open mike nite at the local comedy club?

Why would a person leave work everynight to attend dance class?

A firefighter or postal worker by day, rush to the local theatre to be in a play, or audition for a commerical, or sing Opera?

Why would someone with a quick mind and good buisness sense race cars or only feel alive on the field playing a sport?

To those that don't understand this is just a hobby. To the person doing it, it is a need, a hunger, a pressure that you can not ignore no matter how hard you try.

Sure some of them achieve fame and fortune, but it isn't usually that which drives the person to these actions in the first place. It is that these things are part of who they are, it is what they are. They are writers, dancers, actors, musicians, photographers, painters, poets, sportsmen, and the like.

Yes it must truely be a genetic or chemical thing. No one in their right mind would subject themselves to this affliction on a regular basis. To be belittled, or scoffed at, to see people smirk when you tell them what you are. It is why most keep it quiet or a secret until such time as they have accomplished enough to prove the "right" to call themselves what they truely are.

Guess what...I'm not in my right mind

A view from the waterfront is next.

16 Comments:

Blogger Sounds of Serenity said...

Woo hoo! I'm not in my right mind either! I love my job, have no intention of quitting, but I love to write too. Never thought I would or could until a few years ago. Published or not, loved or not, doesn't matter. We write because it's simply who we are and what we *do*. :)

9/09/2006 04:33:00 PM  
Blogger Talia Mana said...

Nope me neither. People who are in their right mind are no fun lol.

Soooo small town girl. Which of those scenarios are you? Did you give up work to become a writer? Or did you do some of those other things too?

It definitely resonated with me. I'm in a deep funk at the moment because the small town I live in doesn't have some of the things that I love. We did one class of improv/theatresports. Took a break and then the teacher said he was too busy to return!!! Well rats I LOVED that stuff. Same with my dancing. There are a shortage of men that do ballroom and latin at my level, and those that do already have partners.

You're right it's more than just a hobby, improv and dancing are passions!

9/09/2006 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous she's a boy said...

having a bad night... you just made it worse by giving me untrue-to-oneself guilt because i am not writing. but all roads lead to disjointed insanity at this point. writing would be like dr seuss on pcp. boy, there's a thought...

i am so proud of you. haven't had a chance to tell you yet. thanks for doing this in this medium, so i can satisfy voyeurism and vicarious writing at same time. wanna get with you soon when i am with babies so you can come hang with us one day - you game? i will be there tuesday and wednesday - can you free up a day?

love and miss you. longing for the big comfy suck-you-in couch, earl gray, lounge flounders, fritz on the phone, apple pie shots, dutch, cool mornings on the back patio, coffee at 2am, and hugs and love. hubby is good, just not same. i guess you know how that is. wish you were here to make me laugh. thanks for last comment on my blog. warm fuzzies.

gotta go. probably killing someone with my gross neglect.

9/10/2006 05:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Razib Ahmed said...

Excellent post. Actually, for me the problem was that I had to take care of my family. Otherwise, I would not bother about anything and just write. That is why I enjoy blogging so much now.

9/10/2006 06:15:00 AM  
Blogger Pass The Torch said...

This is a great post. I remember staying "in the closet" for a long time after I started writing professionally. I still don't tell a lot of people. They just don't get it.

9/10/2006 07:09:00 AM  
Blogger Bhaswati said...

Wow, BK! You hit the nail straight on the head. That's exactly what I did; after years of full-time employment, I turned to freelance writing. Does it bode well for me financially? No! Is it a blessing? A never-ending one.

Thanks for the lovely post. :)

9/10/2006 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous yomamma said...

It could be worse, you could not feel that passion/need for anything in life. Think about that.

9/11/2006 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger Simran said...

Oh good I have company - more people not in their right mind either. LOL

I totally agree with your statement BK - "To those that don't understand this is just a hobby. To the person doing it, it is a need, a hunger, a pressure that you can not ignore no matter how hard you try."

Keep writing!

9/11/2006 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger Harbormaster said...

Everything I've read about people wanting to be writers struggles with describing the motivation for it. There are so many intangibles, I can see the problem.

It is so important to have a passion in your life for something!

9/11/2006 02:20:00 PM  
Blogger Cath Smith said...

I'm lucky, I guess, but I've never had that reaction - art, music and literature has always been as essential to me as breathing, if people don't get that, they're not a part of my world.

Besides, who wants to be entirely sane? :)

9/11/2006 08:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Gillian said...

We keep the world sane - that's sufficient.

9/13/2006 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I'm not in my right mind, either! Ha!

But that comes to no surprise to anyone who knows me...I'll just go away now... ;)

9/15/2006 06:40:00 AM  
Blogger -Kelly M. said...

Thanks for a great post. I've never met an artistic person who was "in their right mind" anyway. Hehe. We're all in good company.

9/17/2006 04:24:00 PM  
Blogger jen.nifer said...

I think the further you are from your "right mind", the more intense your artistic creations will be. :) First time here, thanks for having me.

9/19/2006 01:48:00 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

The difficult thing is making that leap to doing what you love, even if it isn't practical. I've seen it happen in music - the bedroom guitar player who finally takes the chance to play on stage, and it's fantastic. I still feel a bit guilty writing if there is something "more important" I'm supposed to be doing.

9/22/2006 03:32:00 PM  
Blogger Fourteen Year Old Writer said...

I could totally relate. Writing is my passion, and I'm probably more intense about it than some other people my age. When my wrists were hurting (maybe from typing too much), my dad suggested I stop writing for a few days. Repeatedly, I said, "But I can't! I HAVE to write." I don't think he understood though.

9/30/2006 08:21:00 AM  

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