There was a lot of thought put into that last comment, so I want to respond. But this is the last you’ll hear on the topic. Promise.
(One more thing, I’m completely putting my beliefs out there backed by my name and reputation for anyone to criticize. I applaud Tommy for standing behind his comment and not taking the anonymous route. That takes a lot of guts. Of course, Tommy would be a criminal defense attorney!)
Dear Anonymous, there are still holes in your argument. You argue that one cannot achieve greatness in pursuit of one’s dream while sustaining a serious professional career. Maybe so. I, fortunately, like to crunch numbers in addition to tapping away on a typewriter. You seem to side with this musician/waiter, believing that it’s better to have a non-serious career than a serious one.
At least he is pursuing his dream, correct? Bullshit to that. If he really was serious about a music career, then I say…GO ALL OUT. Fuck waiting tables. Shouldn’t his whole life revolve around seriously pursuing this dream of his? If so (as I mentioned before), teach music classes, line up gigs, friggin post your skills on Craigslist for God’s sake.
Hooray for sleeping on a friend’s couch, you argue. It’s an uncomfortable situation that will likely light a fire under his ass. Well, so is working 40 hours a week! There’s this thing called a job. Yeah, that’s what most people do. It’s something we have to do. Because sleeping on someone’s couch is simply unacceptable. It is unacceptable. I’m going to stick to my guns on this one. Don’t go trying to live out your dreams at other people’s expense. Have some pride.
Lastly, I am tired of the assumption that I need a guy with a conventional career who makes six figures. There is a reason I was insanely in love with an artist. He is unconventional and makes a living, not only through art, but through other means. I admired his intelligence, resourcefulness, and independence.
Anonymous, call me or email me. We can hash this out more. I love a good debate.
One more thing, Anonymous. You’re not that anonymous. I’d bet money that I know exactly who you are.