Dear Creative: Here’s How to Start Living the Perfect Day, Every Day
“Whatever happens tomorrow, or for the rest of my life, I’m happy now… because I love you.” —Bill Murray, Groundhog Day
1. The Summer of Pain
This past summer, I realized that there was something seriously wrong with my fingers. After five years of grinding 24/7 as a freelance web designer and developer, I could barely work two hours without getting stiff and achy.
I cut my hours down, bought fancy ergonomic keyboards, tried a standing desk, and went to physical therapy—but nothing worked.
Multiple doctors’ visits later, I came to the worst possible conclusion…
At 29 years old, I had rheumatoid arthritis.
I was completely fucked.
2. Life Without Touch
It’s hard to imagine what effect restricted use of your fingers has on your quality of life until you experience it first hand. (#funnynotfunny)
My first thought was to cut down on my finger usage by starting a coaching business, but I quickly realized that I would still have to build a brand (market, blog, etc)…and that meant using my fingers.
Next, I thought about giving up on freelance and getting a job, but that meant doing months of research and applying…more finger usage.
From there, I went into a tailspin as it dawned on me how almost EVERYTHING in modern life requires the use of your fingers…
- Social media: fingers
- Writing: fingers
- Drawing: fingers
- Video editing: fingers
3. Discovering the Perfect Day
By November, things were getting dire. I had to give up my biggest client, and there was nothing coming down the pipeline. I was running out of money.
At a networking event, I happened to run into a creative director who had just moved to Rochester from NYC. We hit it off, but when she asked about my portfolio, it suddenly hit me…
I spent the past five years grinding myself to the bone physically and emotionally…but all I had to show for it was some dull…