I love this line. If you haven't seen it before, it's the headline of an article posted last Spring in The Onion. In it, the satirical newspaper pokes fun at the hobbies that we are most passionate about, yet don't do for a living.
This is quite the interesting topic for sewists. For many of us, sewing certainly isn't a money-maker (especially if you spend about a month's worth of rent on the hobby each year like I do). And while I find my day job very fulfilling, I often wonder why I haven't made more of a career out of my creative pursuits. The Onion article certainly makes me feel a bit guilty.
One reason, I remind myself, is that I have varied interests. While I love to sew and make my own clothes, I am also passionate about working with other people towards a common good, and am happy to have my job helping non profits achieve that goal. I also enjoy a sense of balance in my life - if I HAD to sew for a living, would I still like it? Coming home at the end of the day full of ideas for new projects is part of the fun!
And now another article, this time from the more reputable (and factual) Time Magazine, has given me a new reason to keep sewing away during free time. According to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, being creative outside of work actually makes you better at your job. Whatever the creative activity, researchers found that subjects not only became more relaxed but also gained new skills - such as problem solving - that allowed them to perform better at work.
As if I needed another excuse to go home and sew! Even if it only is on nights and weekends...