Dear Judge Mental Jones,
Most of my friends and family consider me to be weird and I feel pressure to conform these days. My exploits really haven’t gotten me anywhere, compared to my friends, as I’m a starving artist. What should I do?
Dear My Parents & Friends Are Judgemental Losers,
Find money. It always makes people shut the fuck up with all of their “opinions” and “pressure.” It literally vanishes when you tell them that you found ANY income (minus sex work and drug trafficking) but even then.. it depends on the family. So just “get your ass up” and focus on getting employed. Even any-ployed. Go to a recruiter or even start some volunteer work at an organization that you can work your way up in. Or start a fucking Etsy. Just do anything that fills your time up so that you are A) Away from these people B) Too busy to care and C) Can literally make it rain dollars next time they tried to come at with you an opinion you didn’t ask for. I hear Data Input is fantastic for stoners if that’s your avenue. As Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” So even if you become a niche webcam model – do SOMETHING to pivot from your current non-paying critic-inducing “exploits” so you can find yourself and stunt on your (seemingly very annoying) friends and family.
xo Judge Mental Jones
P.S. Everyone is different and learn in different ways. Comparing yourself to others will only make things worse. You have your own path, and things will come to you when you’re ready. If you truly love being an artist, then you’ll make it work somehow. Enjoy the process. As far as your parents and friends go, I don’t have enough info, but either they just want the best for you and don’t like to see you struggle, or they have their own issues going on, but I can’t be for certain. Anyway, for real this time. xoxo
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