Inspired by every student whose told they can’t be an artist because it doesn’t “make enough money”.
People from middle and upper middle class can say these things and get away. People who don’t know what starting capital is can say these things. People who literally don’t know what its like to have nothing or to live in poverty can say these things.
You can’t follow your dreams without some start up cash from somewhere. And most people don’t have that. Like if money was no object and people could just ~live their dreams~ then why are there children starving in 1st world nations
It’s the social economic version of “just stop being depressed”
Actually reblogging again to add commentary:
"All you need is a house and food and a laptop".
And internet for the laptop. And electricity. And plumbing. And heat. And possibly has for your car. Oh and tabs and emissions if you have a car. Travel if you live away from family/friends or have a job that requires it but doesn’t pay for it.
And, hm, what else?
Medications. Doctor appointments. Replacement for things like canes and wheelchairs if they break and your insurance doesn’t cover it (oh, and if you’re self employed, you have to pay for insurance, too).
Not only is this super classist, it’s ableist as fuck.
it has been economically and psychologically studied that unless you make 75000 dollars a year, youre not happy. thats the amount of money every year that you need to be really happy.
so no, saying “following your dreams” doesnt cut it. my dad grew up in poverty and had to work his entire damn life doing shit he didnt want to do, and now hes like 53 and hes FINALLY happy because hes making money. he had to give up his dreams in order to get out of poverty. so YEAH
money doesnt buy you happiness, but unless you make 75000 a year then youre not totally safe
"own a yarn shop" - Wow, yeah, ‘let them eat cake’ much?
And just supposing it’s that easy, this is forgetting the huge amount of time work it takes to start and run a business; it’s not like entrepreneurialism is something you do on the side in between your knitting.
And okay, let me explain why people are tempted to try and gain “worthless scraps of paper,”:
GOODS AND SERVICES
only privileged assholes think you can just drop all your shit and ~*follow your dreams*~. the rest of us have to shovel our way up from the fucking bottom just to dream of seeing sunlight one day.
The only reason I was able to “follow my dream” is because I had significant outside funding for the first couple of years. Now that that’s gone (the perils of financially depending on a significant other is a rant for another day), the only reason I’m not homeless is my incredibly awesome friends. It’s been nearly a year of sleeping on sofas, eating via food stamps (not as luxurious as some would have you think), and working 60-80 hour weeks making products, marketing, accounting, and generally running my business.