In my first post, I shared that I’ve always been a writer. Whether it was letters, stories, plays, greeting cards, or essays, words have come easily to me. In fact, they flood my mind. But, when those closest to me discovered that I was having a book published, they wanted to know if I had resigned from my job, or, at the very least, had given my notice. As I shared more details about the project, the people closest to me were confused by the fact that I had no intention to walk away from my 9 to 5. But, for me, writing is my side hustle.
In most uses of the term, a side hustle is any type of employment performed in addition to a person’s full-time job. Typically, side hustles involve doing things that the person is passionate about, but the hustle is primarily performed to supplement the person’s income. I’ve come to realize that this definition is what causes confusion about what I am doing.
I published my first book, Cross Your Fingers, because it had been a dream of mine. I did not presume that it would lead to fame. I did not write it with the intent to resign from my career. I write, because I have something to say, something that I want to share. I think my writing adds to my community and to my identity.
While writing can be an occupation, a business, a hobby, and/or a passion, for me, it’s something that I couldn’t stop doing even if I so desired. While it happens to create income, I was not seeking to escape the rat race.
However, if the right conditions present themselves, who knows what I might consider. 😏