Which was followed by a 3:30am wake-up on the following day to get to the airport for a 6am flight to Toronto, so I could run a 5k race with a friend of mine. Two impulsive trips in the space of a week. (You can see lots of pictures of my travels and adventures here on Instagram.)
Toronto was amazing. The sun shone. I crammed a lot into four and a half days. And then, with my bank account dwindling, I flew home to some unsettling news: no Fall teaching job for me, due to (another) impulsive decision of mine: to accept a part in a musical in another city. I'd be away too long, and the music school, which patiently bore my many absences last year due to my theatrical career, changed their Leave of Absence policy (probably entire due to my shenanigans). I am now out of steady work until November.
We all love to post memes and hashtags urging us to #FollowYourDreams; telling us #YouOnlyLiveOnce. It is part of our (my) privileged-as-fuck culture to do so. There is a part of me that is so happy and surprised that people want me in their shows, that wants to follow these opportunities wherever they lead. And there is another part of me that sits here, in my dream home, the home that the teaching job pays for, and wonders
what the hell did you do?
I lead a charmed life. I have the luxury of having no dependents, so I can take these kind of risks. I know that I would have been angry with myself for turning down the risky performing job to keep the safe job.
I don't want to be scared that I can't make rent over the next 60 days.
I don't want to go back to "scraping by" instead of having a decent paycheque.
I don't want to be replaced at work.
What I really want, I know, is to have my cake and eat it too. And sometimes, that just isn't possible.
Sometimes, being impulsive is a gift, but sometimes, it can get you into some scary situations.
I'll let you know how this works out. It will work out. I think.
What do you do when interesting opportunities turn up? Do you follow the safe bet? Or do you follow your heart?