World War II poster from the U.S. Office for Emergency Management War Production Board. In public domain.
On Twitter today I stumbled across this interesting observation
I think that’s quite become the case these days.
If you enjoy a sport you get asked about training regimes, leagues, teams, affiliations with athletes etc.
If you enjoy creating art you get asked about gallery placements, sales, your influences, the location of your atelier or warehouse workspace.
If you enjoy writing you get asked about where you’ve published, what other authors you know, the breadth of your audience, personal appearances, how many copies you sell, who’s your agent or publisher.
If you enjoy dancing you get asked who your dance teacher is, where you’ve performed, do you belong to a dance troupe, where you buy your dance clothes
If you enjoy computers you get asked if you are a consultant or hacker, do you work for some big computer company, do you give classes to people, can you fix someone else’s computer issues
If you enjoy cooking you get asked what chefs you follow, what cooking magazines you read, where you took classes, do you plan to open a restaurant
If you enjoy yoga you get asked when you’re going to take teacher training, how many workshops by professionals you’ve taken, how many trips to India you’ve had, if you can speak Sanskrit
If you enjoy watching movies you’re asked where you put your reviews, how many readers you have for them, if you have any future hope of getting into the film industry in some capacity
If you enjoy building things you are asked if you plan to sell them somewhere, how much you hope to make and if you intend to make a job of it
If you enjoy learning you get asked if you are a teacher or professor, where did you get your degrees, why you don’t write about what you know for some publication
Now one must now be fully committed to any stated enjoyment. One must be dedicated, passionate, relentless. It must fill every waking moment. It must also have a future. You must state where you plan to take this enjoyment, what it’s measurable outcomes might be.
You must work at your enjoyment. Toil and sweat to make it everything it should be. You must also then prove it by way of statistics, quantification. Anything else is suspect somehow.
If it cannot be measured by way of commodification, that is how much you spend in terms of time, energy and money doing it and how much you make in return then it’s deemed worthless. It must be profitable in every conceivable way
If there’s no immediate obvious return on your investment of your time you’re deemed lazy, incompetent or in need of a “life coach”, urged to give it up for something with more tangible gains.
Pleasure and enjoyment have become a full time job.
WWII US Work Projects Administration (WPA) poster.