Some days, I feel that being a writer is the greatest thing in the world; other days, I don’t feel that way at all.
For me, it truly is a thin line between the two: a good day as a writer and a not-so-good day as a writer. And it doesn’t take much to tip the scale. For instance, I have experienced both the dizzying highs and lows of being a writer, not just in the same day, but in the same hour. One moment, I am sitting at my desk thinking, This is the best life ever. It’s perfect. I wouldn’t change it for the world. The next thing I know something happens and I find myself asking, What the heck am I doing?
I like to think I’ve finally gotten past the point where I tell myself I could be working far fewer hours and earning far greater financial rewards, but sometimes that old line of thought rears its head. I suppose that’s why I am keeping my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification up to date—just in case.
After all, I worked very hard to achieve that coveted acronym. I remember crying when I successfully completed the exam on my first pass. I never want to undergo such a rigorous preparation and testing endeavor again. I need only complete sixty PDUs (Professional Development Units) every three years and pay a hefty fee to retain my certification, which is easy enough.
But here’s the thing; returning to the corporate life is not something I enjoy contemplating. On the other hand, there is always options trading, which has always been a favorite passion of mine. The stock market is experiencing record highs. However, what goes up must come down, or so the saying goes. Not that I would ever wish to see a market decline, but therein lies the beauty of well-timed puts and calls option trading strategies designed to benefit from the market’s highs and lows.
If I had to do something other than writing, given a choice between a job and trading options, I’d choose the latter. It affords me many of the same freedoms I enjoy as a full-time writer, although I am a bit out of practice and a lot has changed since I actively traded options. For now, I’m merely speculating (pun intended).
Today, as I write this post, I feel that being a writer is the greatest thing ever. So long as the good days continue far outweighing the not-so-good days, I’m all in.
What about you? Do you ever find yourself suffering such varying emotions in your chosen profession or in the pursuit of your favorite passion? During those lows lasting more than a day or two, I bolster my spirits with a technique I learned in graduate school. It’s BATNA (Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement.) It’s an established negotiating theory that I’ve re-fashioned for my own purposes and subsequently adhered to when navigating both my professional career and my personal life.
I am a writer who takes comfort in knowing that, should the lows of my chosen profession ever prove too heavy to bear, my best alternative is options trading. What’s your BATNA?
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