They ask the darndest questions.
"Do you work?
Where do you work?
What do you do?"
My existence is not defined by my work.
I AM not defined by the work I do.
I am a human being.
I do what I love. And that changes on a day to day basis.
I teach dance.
I am also an actress. Not the kind of actress striving for her big break. But an entertainer, an artist who doesn't require what others consider success for validation. I make no-budget independent films with people I like and I LOVE it!
I get up four times a week to go to my "job" where I get to turn on music and dance and play and have fun and CREATE.
And even that only takes up seven hours out of my week.
"Well what kind of dance do you do/teach?"
I'm a dancer. Dance is dance and I don't discriminate.
Mostly, I get up and I do things I want to do. They say when you do what you love all else falls into place. Perhaps not immediately, but yes, things are gradually coming together.
I don't have a J.O.B. Seriously, no one will hire me.
I get up everyday and I live. I LIVE. I LIVE!!! One of my favorite things to do on Fridays after two hours of work, is visit my friends Kat and Fernando and we fellowship. We eat. We chill. We garden. We talk Spirit. We talk Science. We talk about the modern day slave trade otherwise known as the Rat Race. We talk Life.
I also serve on a regular basis. Volunteering and giving back is built into me. I've been doing it since I was a Brownie Scout and I never stopped. I graduated high school with over 600 service hours when all that was required of me was 100.
And I still serve.
There are days I think 'Damn, if I just had a job, I could afford to do more of the things I want to do', or 'If only I hustled a little bit more'...
But then I remember I am living the life I've dreamed of since childhood.
I am creating my legacy.
I am building something to leave behind.
I am living a life that matters.
I am living a life of purpose on purpose.
Even if it kills me.
I can think of no better way to go out than having lived life on my terms."