Dear 100 Hour Board,
How worth it would it be to chase my dream? I just graduated and I got a nice full time job, and due to the nature of this job, I've got lots of spare time, so I applied for another gig that has nothing to do with my major, but is something I dream about doing, I only applied because I didn't think I'd get the job, but I got accepted, so if I take it, I'll have a part time job and a full time job, and I'd be commuting to the part time job. Would that be worth it for the potential of having my dream job in a few years, or is this all too crazy and I should give it up now, or should I give up the idea of working two jobs now and try to live my dreams later when my life isn't this crazy?
-My Name Here
Dear mine aim ear,
Yeah, definitely, under no circumstances, should you chase your dreams. The best path in life is the simple, mundane life, where no risks are taken, and thus nothing bad can ever happen. Sure, you'll never experience true happiness or fulfillment, and you'll find yourself in 35 years wondering if you wasted the prime of your life, but at least it won't be crazy.
Life is too short to waste time being unhappy. If you think that part-time job is going to make you happier in the long run, go for it! Getting experience now is absolutely worth it in order to have your dream job in a few years.
Go chase your dreams!
Chase. Your. Dreams. Run after them. Sprint until you can't. Run until you must walk. Walk towards that glorious sunset when there is no horse to ride off into it. Dreams are important. Doing hard things, working long hours, giving up sleep, facing your fears--those things will shape you! Evolve you into a dream chasing, goal achieving powerhouse of humanity.
Some time ago, I was being considered for my dream job, and I was invited to interview for the position during a time when my work-life balance was heavily skewed to be unbalanced. This interview required a significant amount of preparation, and I was expecting to spend at least 5-7 hours per week in the library prepping for it in addition to working my usual 55 hours per week and fulfilling all of my other responsibilities. During this struggle, as I fought to make time, I heard the following quote, and it has stuck with me ever since:
If you want a thing bad enough to go out and fight for it, to work day and night for it to give up your time, your peace, and sleep for it; if all that you dream and scheme is about it and life seems useless and worthless without it; if you gladly sweat for it and fret for it and plan for it and lose all your terror of the opposition for it; if you simply go after that thing that you want with all your capacity, strength, and sagacity, faith, hope, and confidence and stern pertinacity; if cold, poverty, famine, nor gout, sickness, nor pain of body and brain, can keep you away from the thing that you want; if dogged and grim you beseech and beset it, with the help of God, you will get it. - Les Brown
Those words really spoke to me at the time, and they still do as I consider my dreams and my next steps in life. Dreams don't come without hard work and determination. Sometimes dreams require other things to go on the back burner as you sacrifice your time and attention to them. Nonetheless, if you put the blood, sweat, and tears in it, I believe in your ability to achieve it.
Now go, live your dream.
The Soulful Ginger ("Go live your dream." "I will!" "Your dream stinks, I was talking to her.")
"Later when my life isn't crazy" seems like a great way to not ever do it. I'm a big proponent of not overbooking/overworking yourself, but if this is something you'd enjoy doing and see more as a hobby than as "Ahh I'm working 70-hour weeks and it's so stressful and I haven't bathed or exercised or eaten a vegetable in a week" then it could be a cool opportunity. My big concern would be that you make sure that whatever your life/schedule looks like, it's sustainable. That doesn't mean it has to be something you want to do forever, but that should mean that you are able to maintain healthy social relationships, good health, adequate sleep, spiritual strength, etc.
If you think you can, this could be a cool chance. (And if it doesn't work out and you end up quitting, would that be the end of the world?)