Are you worried? -Tom Hanks
Would it help? -Mark Rylance
From the movie Bridge of Spies
The panic comes over you. Oh crap, I don’t have any work lined up. The feeling sucks and can lead to many sleepless nights when you first start freelancing
Is there a cure? Yes. Time. As things turn out, human beings are incredibly adaptable. If you don’t believe me, read the biography of any prisoner of war survivor.
Not that being a freelancer should be compared to being a prisoner of war, but I think you get the point. On day one of being a freelancer you will be 100% stressed out. But then, on day two, something great will happen, but it might be too subtle for you to notice. You’ll only be 99% stressed out. And somewhere around day 100 it won’t bother you all that much. It’s not that the stress won’t be there, it’s that you will have learned to live with it. You will have adapted to your new normal. It’s really not much different than what anyone with a stressful job goes through, be it a police officer, a soldier or an EMT. You adapt.
I’m writing this for me as much as for you. You see, I’m still in the adapting-to-the-new-normal phase and I have to remind myself it’s all part of it. Those sneaky negative thoughts try to throw me off balance every day. And I want to stress out about it, I really do. But then I think to myself, “would it help?”
Also published on Medium.