We get pretty caught up in our motion graphics and VFX. It’s hard to find the satisfaction we get from our work, from anything else in life. But I’m here to tell you, there’s a lot more out there. I’m blessed to be a husband and father, but only because a few years back I made the active decision to make my family and personal life a priority over work – meaning turning down a lot of work I would have enjoyed and profited from.
It’s a few years later, and I can now look back on the decisions I’ve made with some clarity (and a severe lack of sleep). Do I regret it? Not a chance. And (forgetting for just a moment that I absolutely love my job) here’s just a few reasons why, all from the last few days…
From Left to Right: 1. My daughter uses a cat as a towel to clean Balmex off her hands (it’s poisonous to cats, so there was a midnight cat bath). 2. A picture of me and my daughter, side-by-side. Sadly she has my looks to look forward to in the years to come. 3. My son, Age 1 month – 1 year. My wife did this as a photography project. It was my job to keep him from falling off the couch. I got it right 11 out of 12 times. 4. My son at dinner last night. There was a lot of cleanup. I had to change afterwards.
So… in summation… Don’t wait to realize life has passed you by as you sat in front of a computer moving pixels around. Make your personal life, whatever that is for you (spouse, partner, kids, friends…whatever), a priority. You deserve it.