This is one of the major factors for my joy of photography falling to the way side. Since I have had much worse jobs in the past but was still able to maintain my focus and desire on all things photography I have to examine what is different now.
In previous jobs the main drain on my system was primarily physical. There were occasions where they were mentally draining but overall I would come home physically tired and mentally ready to go. I can deal with being physically tired and pushing through, that was seldom an issue. With my current job however I come home with physical energy but mentally exhausted. The mental exhaustion makes me want to vegetate in front of the TV. There’s rarely anything good that comes from that.
There is another reason the current day job I have is different from the jobs of the past. It is a good job. ***Shh, don’t tell my bosses I said that.*** Why is that an issue? Well, previously I was driven not only by the artistic aspects of photography but also the potential to turn it into a full time career. Frankly, I was desperate to get out of these other jobs. Desperation helped to fuel my photographic desire. Don’t get me wrong, I would still love for photography to be a career. However, I see that reality becoming harder and harder as more photographers enter the market. There will be more on that in a later blog post.
So, what can I do to overcome this?
- First, I can take the time daily to remind myself that given a choice I would rather be a full time photographer than what I currently do at the “day job”, even if it is a good job. It would be more challenging and ultimately more fulfilling.
- Second, I can take a contradictory look at my first way to deal with where I am. What if it never becomes a career? Then, I have to find a way to make photography, for the sake of photography, a priority.
- Third, make an honest effort to pick up my camera and take some photos even after a mentally draining day at work. Push through the pain as they say.
- Fourth, during break times at my day job take a moment and look at a few blogs and browse through some images.
- Lastly, take the advice of Rick Sammon. Start living the life I want wherever and whenever I find the opportunity.
This short list of ways I can overcome the issue is not exhaustive and I would love to hear from you on ways to make photography a priority again.