As a freelancer/small business owner, I constantly get remarks about what I do. People often ask me why I don't have a 'real job' , why I prefer staring at my laptop than apply at retails or fastfood, etc.
I'm not going to lie, at first, I thought there was something wrong with me. Since 2011, I've been trying really hard to get out of my freelancing job and look for a 'real one'. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, I applied everywhere I can just so everyone would shut up about it. Needless to say, it never worked out for me.
In October 2012, I took a big leap and opened my shop. I was self employed and had very little money so it was quite a risk. The thing is, I was so sure that this is what I wanted to do. I was prepared to make big sacrifices and a do lot of work. I considered the consequences (such as juggling uni with my shop, advertising budget, and other fees that I need to pay) and I was confident that I could do it. Why? Because for the first time in my life, I finally knew what I was so passionate about. I never give up on anything that I really really love, so I worked hard and here I am today.
However, it seems like there are people (who are close to me and supposed to be my ultimate supporters) just don't get it. I still get the constant "get a real job" advice, or "you'll never go anywhere with that type of job". They never fail to remind me that all of these stuff won't matter in the long run, as I'll be graduating in 2 years and off to a "real job".
I don't understand why people just don't realise that the so called real jobs are not for everyone. I simply can't imagine myself working at a retail store. Not that it's horrible, no that's not what I meanr. What I'm trying to say is, my interests and passion just can't be done inside a mall or restaurant.
All I want right now is one person to tell me that this is okay. That what I'm doing right now, how I'm supporting myself, it absolutely fine. All I need is to hear "Keep doing what you love" instead of "Get a real job". I can't help but feel down whenever I hear those negative words. I try my best to fill my surroundings with positivity and encouragement but I can't do it alone. Sadly, people around me are doing the opposite.