Yesterday I was having coffee with a good friend of mine and we got talking about families and the expectations/values of older generations. We were discussing how family members (parents/grandparents/aunties/uncles) talk about us when speaking to friends and other relatives.
I’ve been running my business for almost 5 years now, and I’ve worked damn hard to get to where I am today. I take huge pride in telling people that I’m making enough money, and that I’m selling internationally! But it’s not all about money and status to me. I take great pleasure in knowing that I can work when I want (into the wee hours of the morning) and I can take breaks when I need to (for instance, my amazing friend and ex-colleague is visiting from Sweden for a few days so I’m not going to be working tomorrow, and I didn’t have to ask permission!).
There are a LOT of perks to working for myself. Not only does it fit with my lifestyle, but I know I’m the best person for the job! I am not being cocky or blowing my own trumpet. What I’m saying is – if someone else wanted to be doing what I’m doing, they’d be doing it! But I’m the one with the passion.
Some parents take particular pride in being able to say their child is an accountant, a doctor, a lawyer, etc. But we can’t all be accountants! There would be no work going around. We can’t all be doctors! Who would make all the equipment, tools and machinery that is used in hospitals? We can’t all be lawyers! We’d have no-one to represent!
I am not in a saturated market. Yes, you can get underwear from everywhere from Amazon to your local super market. But my market is not saturated (otherwise how would I still be doing this after nearly 5 years?).
I am a business woman with no business qualifications. I am a seamstress with a degree in Audio Production and a masters in Cultural Studies. I have got to where I am despite where I’ve been and what I’ve done in life/education, not because of it. And I hope that my family and friends can take pride in that rather than “sugar coat” the truth when talking to their friends and relatives about me. I make knickers. I make knickers for all genders. I make adequate money, and most importantly, I am happier than I’ve ever been in academia or in other employment. Please be proud of me for doing what makes me happy rather than what makes me “successful” by traditional definitions.
Life is so freaking short. None of us can guarantee that we’ll wake up tomorrow. It’s a scary thought if you’re stuck in a job or profession that you are not passionate about, or isn’t bringing you happiness in some other way. So do what makes your soul sing, and never apologise for doing what you’re passionate about.