So about earning and making that career add up; My organic garden produce amounted to a few buckets full this summer so had I spent the time on my more lucrative pursuits I could afford a years supply of vegetables, but my well being earned through my garden toil and knowing that we ate homegrown organic is priceless. Friends and colleagues have advised that to be taken seriously in any one area I should allocate it exclusive dedication. An artist should not admit to a second job and likewise a modern work ethic seems to prohibit time and passion spent on an activity perceived as hobby. I sincerely beg to differ, in fact I deeply oppose this view and in doing so I'm happy to carry the duality of my career as a spatial designer/painter. Indeed the plurality of my existence itself is self sustaining and mutually beneficial. I'm also a mother, a relationship partner, a housewife, a cook, a gardener, a hostess, a thinker, a writer and anything else I might add to the list. One's individual ability to multi task and juxtapose every aspect of our lives dictates how successful we are with each or all of our facets. There are limitations; the constraint of time if not well managed has the potential to bend us towards breaking point, however the repression of any of one's facets can equally play havoc with the psyche. Each of us has the right and the responsibility to be the best and most fulfilled we can be and thus we can excel in terms of productivity for self, family, friends and for society in general. So no, I'm not just one thing at a time and I resent that I can't quadruple-barrel my career title and be taken seriously. Career does not define self, a career alone should not be the sole means upon which we survive and whatever it is that feeds our stomachs should not dominate our lives to the extent that it obliterates any other form of living and self expression. From this point it's clear that I support schemes of minimum survival wage. (Universal Basic Income)
which can also employ more while creating fewer working hours to free people up to simply be and do stuff! (knit, bake, dig potatoes, volunteer, build a shed etc.... oh yeah and time to think... think outside of the box!)
Asides from my careers that "earn" in the conventional sense it might be that my long term service to mankind will be best measured by the value my children bring to society, maybe the vitamins in tonight's dinner here at my house are worth more than every painting I have ever done in that these are what sustain a new generation. The long term cause and effect is impossible to calculate, but can be sensed through the short term successes of allowing my instincts to lead and the facets of me to reflect back on to each other. Not allowing internal and external synthesis denies us the right to contribute and live fully. In my case I find myself stifled unless I'm able to be or do all of my stuff. The contemplation and concentration that I expend upon a canvas transpose to my spatial design, in turn the creative analytical puzzles that I solve while I design aid my home front problem solving and in turn my intense nurturance for my family promote my empathy skills that swing back to aid my painting and my capacity for human scale design, all of which are what bring me here to think and write. It has been easy to give this example of myself, but others whose careers, interests, hobbies etc have less tangible bonds are no less mutually beneficial. Tangents and opposites are equally essential in creating the varied, multifaceted individuals that we are. Everyone has bits and pieces that make up the puzzle of self and aid in making each individual an integral and potentially very valuable asset to society as a whole. Given half a chance.