I, Christopher Russell, work too hard. At least, that’s what my mom tells me whenever we talk. And the truth is, I do work a lot. If you really count the number of projects I have going on in any given week, you’ll most likely come up with four or five. I have my acting job, my online job, my serving job, my editing job, and my composing job. Three of these make me happy, and three of these make me money.
Megan and I could live only on our acting salary. We don’t pay rent at all; we paid off our student loans years ago; and we have no dependents. So, why work so much, you ask? Well, for a multitude of reasons.
First of all, Megan and I are both from families that began with very modest incomes. We saw the struggles facing our parents and wanted to work as hard as possible to not be in similar situations. I should explain that our families also worked very hard, but, as I mentioned previously, we’re different in that we have no home or dependents to take care of.
Second, Megan had instilled from her at a very early age that you take the money while you can. This is very similar to our current situation. The serving and online jobs are very temporary, so once they’re gone, we’ll be out a combined total of four sources of income. So we’re working hard now in order to save for when we won’t be able to. Makes sense, right?
Third, and this is probably the biggest reason… we’re addicts. Not drugs or alcohol or anything like that. We’re addicted to something that tends to be quite a bit pricier. Travel.
You’ve probably seen a lot of the pictures we’ve taken on our many adventures: Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, France, Italy, and this April, we’re going to Ireland! We can’t stop. It’s a problem… kind of. We love it, and we truly feel that we grow richer in spirit with every trip. It’s just good for our souls, if that makes sense. And I do not believe the day is anywhere near when we will stop traveling.
All of this is to say we work hard so we can play hard! No, we may not find a lot of time to play, but when we do, it’s epic!