song in my head — “no tears left to cry” by Ariana Grande
Sometimes doing the responsible thing feels somewhat irresponsible.
Maybe this is because what is "responsible" is often determined by the culture or society around us, and any step outside of that lane is viewed as a break from tradition and, thus, irresponsible. But such a deviation from the norm may be exactly what you're built for. There develops friction then.
An actor friend of mine has been living in Alaska for the last couple years. He has no home, no job while up there, though he returns from time to time to work on films. He lives out of his Jeep, sleeps in a tent most nights, and spends most days writing in his journal, documenting and getting to know himself on a level most of us will never experience. To many, this would be an envious life, an adventure along the lines of which many of us dream. But whatever our "Alaska" is, there’s an echo in our mind (often put there by someone else) telling us that it's "irresponsible.”
We put the importance of average, everyday work on a pedestal in our societies and scoff at the outliers, the travelers, the circus freaks. But what if you truly feel you were meant for something different?
There's a twofold response, I think.
Embrace that difference and run after it. Let it be what defines no matter what you face.
Do the routine, everyday work when you have to and do it (as my wife would say) with a smile on your face. Let it be what empowers you to do what defines you.
What it's really about is freeing yourself from judgment—your judgment of yourself, your judgment of others, the judgment others place on you.
No work lasts forever, and Alaska isn't going anywhere.
Work and dream, and when the time is right, jump.