|Lake Forest Boat Ramp|
Every summer, I work at the boat ramp on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. I have a degree in English and history. I have years of management experience, granted all from my time before kids. Said daughters think I should find a better job since a smart monkey could check in boats at the ramp and take money. They actually will admit I'm fairly intelligent and am wasted in my current position. But, the boat ramp offers me one thing I can't get in a more challenging job...hours of uninterrupted writing time. Since my income helps our family's financial situation, I'll continue to spend my summers getting up at 4:20 AM so I can be at the ramp at 5 o'clock sharp to let in the occasional fisherman. From 6:00 to 7:00 I get a few water skiers. Then from about 9 AM onward, vacation boaters cruise past my little booth. July can be crazy busy, but for the other four months, I have hours and hours of time to write between boats. From the perspective of someone on a deadline, this is pure gold.
So, maybe my paycheck job isn't mentally taxing, but writing is what I want to do. It's what I've always wanted to do, so I've found a way to make it possible. Even if I have to get up at an ungodly hour of the morning!
And my view is incredible. That's always a plus!
|Sunrise one morning from my booth.|
|Meadow next to my booth.|
What sacrifices are you willing to make in pursuit of your passion?
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