The temptation will be great. You’ve worked hard for years to get yourself some stable footing. You can pay your bills, you have a little money tucked away, you go out with your sweetheart on Fridays for dinner and drinks. Sounds great, except you’re miserable. Why? You hate your stable job, you and your honey have nothing to talk about, and you’re bored out of your skull. You got somewhere comfortable and settled in to it. Fantasies got put on the back-burner and replaced with safe predictability. This isn’t how you pictured your life.
But it isn’t too late.
Chances are your dream job isn’t so easy to find in the current economy. You probably don’t have enough money saved up to strike out on your own. I bet you have student loans that you’re still paying down. Don’t give up hope. The most important thing you can do now is actively pursue that crazy dream of yours, while also putting in hours at the stupid job you hate so that you can pay your bills. It will be a lot of work. You will take side gigs after a long and grueling work day just for the experience. You will do free favors for friends and family to further your goals. It’s exhausting, but it’s worth it. Even if you never get your dream job, even if you never work for yourself (the best boss there is), even if you spend the rest of your life grinding it out at the job that you hate because you couldn’t cut it, at least you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you tried. Your dreams are the most important thing that you have. Cherish them, and let them flourish.