Work For Granted

I’m a video editor slash motion graphics and visual effects artist. There must be a way to condense my job title.

Some people just want a video edited. Some people want their logo animated. I can do it all. And I can do it well.

Sometimes I work better when I don’t get paid. I’m doing visual effects for my friend’s senior thesis film right now, and not to brag, but I’m kind of killing it. The fun part about my job is that I have to digitally create things that don’t exist. I have no reference to what a demon barrier shield looks like. But I have to figure it out and create.

I like to imagine that God created the world using Windows 97. He didn’t have to, but maybe He just thought it’d be fun to harness His infinity power and wisdom through an operating system visually similar to a 90s personal computer.

CLIPPY
Greetings, I am your Office Assistant Clippy! To begin, click ‘Start Universe.’

GOD
Alrighty. This should be fun.

CLIPPY
Congratulations! You’ve created a new universe. Would you like to save your progress or continue without saving?

GOD
Eh, I’ll save after day six. Thanks Clippy.

CLIPPY
You’re welcome, holy_trinity_3_in_1.

GOD
What else can we do here?

CLIPPY
Would you like to create a human? If so, go to File > New > Human.

GOD
Neat. I’ll name him Adam.

CLIPPY
Adam.exe has been created. Just a warning, his social health is very low.

GOD
Hm, it’s not good for him to be alone.

CLIPPY
You do not have enough resources available to create a new human. Would you like to allocate some of your .rib files?

GOD
Sounds like a plan. Clippy, I’m getting a warning that some devilware has infected my universe. What’s that about?

CLIPPY
Sorry, I’m unable to help in that manner.

GOD
Looks like I have some work ahead of me.

Okay, that was fun. Sorry, I got sidetracked from my original topic. Work!

I like work. I like being good at something. As stated earlier, I’m pretty darn good at visual effects. Now all I have to figure out is how to translate that skill into money.

However, even though I like working, I don’t like being told I have to work. Does that make sense? I don’t approve of this instinctive response within me. I much rather be a hard work all the time, regardless of whether I feel like it or not.

Yet sometimes, even when it’s a job that I enjoy doing (e.g. video editing), I don’t like the thought that I HAVE to do this NOW. It’s immature, I know. That’s why I’m blogging about it. To get over it. Usually works.

If you can’t tell, I’m a huge procrastinator. I’m procrastinating right now on a job due tomorrow morning. It’s not a hard job. I need to design some video titles. It’s fun.

I think I take work for granted too often, forgetting that many people would love just to have a job, or skill they can monetize. I’m lucky and blessed by God to be able to work in Los Angeles.

Sigh. I think I’ve blogged long enough. It’s time to do some actual work. Sorry I don’t have a satisfying ending to this post, but I’m not going to think about working any longer and just work. Overthinking can be a dangerous excuse to be lazy.

Josh out.

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