My latest vlog asked the question, "Why Do We Create?"
I've been asking myself that question lately, in the midst of the various economic challenges we're facing - and no doubt enhanced by various political and news reports about the state of the things. I generally try to avoid all the "sky is falling" hype, but every once in a while, it catches up to me.
Last Sunday, the newsmagazine "60 Minutes" ran a segment about an army of out-of-work engineers in Silicon Valley - highly qualified specialists who nevertheless find themselves running out of unemployment benefits and without any real prospects equal to their employment history and education.
CNN's Fareed Zakaria wrote an essay in Time Magazine about his dreams of American growing up in a stagnant, depressed India in the 1970's - and how he feels that, for the moment, the situation seems reversed as we're in an era of pessimism and lack of (collective) drive.
But where are we, really? There's no doubt we're in a period of transition. Our anxiety, of course, comes from a fear of just where we're going - both as a nation and individually. Almost every self-employed person I know feels equal anxiety about their future. The fully employed, also, wonder if they're adequately valued. I've been in both situations, and it's one of the motivations that led me to my social media explorations (or Journey).
Still, I don't feel like I have any better definition now than I did six or eight months ago. I have faith that we have better tools at our disposal than ever before to build and control our future. My immediate goal is to learn to use those tools effectively.
I create to survive. Whether it's my own projects, or as a "hired gun," it's how I make a living. How I create, however, is changing and evolving as never before. How I make a living - how I use the tools - is evolving as well. When you really look at it, perhaps we're not simply challenged by a bleak employment landscape - but a really messy, overflowing toolbox..