I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my career and how I should feel about where it’s going. I’ve finally hit some success with a stable job that has a lot of promise for growth and advancement in a field that is profitable and provides the lifestyle I want.
However – I watch people like my sister, who started her own photography business, and I think: “Do I not love what I do enough?”
I wanted to share some questions that have been rolling around in my head for the past couple of weeks regarding this:
Is it about loving what you do, or loving your life as a whole?
How important is it to love what you do? …so much that it doesn’t feel like work?
Does everyone need to have an occupation that feels like a “calling”?
What if what you are good at doing isn’t what you like doing? Should you do what you like doing even if you aren’t good at it?
I feel like my peers and I are struggling with this: wanting a stable lifestyle, with the flexibility to spend more time with loved ones, travel, own a home, etc., while at the same time trying to find the thing we love to do most. A lot of us have degrees that don’t match what we are doing in our career or what we will do. Everything feels a little disjointed, with starts and stops. I love this, but I’m not great at it, and I can’t afford to get good at it… I like this, but is it better to keep it a hobby rather than risk being broke to pursue a full time job doing it? … My previous jobs don’t make sense with the job I want now, and my degree doesn’t fit either…
I heard on a podcast today (The Good Life Project) that in our culture we started fixating on doing one occupation for our entire life, because of the industrial revolution and the emergence of specialization. Basically, doing one specific task as your job your whole life makes factories and companies efficient. However, that doesn’t hold as much weight anymore. The number of people doing freelance and consulting work is growing, and people wear many different hats these days, patching together a full time job with many different roles (sometimes in many different fields or industries).
Does this mean we should let go of the idea of having a “calling”, or a specific role that we play in our professional life that we were born to do? Should we embrace the idea of being the “master of some”?
For me, this blog has allowed me to pursue a lot of interests that my job doesn’t fulfill, but I still get to keep the steady salary and benefits of working for a big company. It’s the perfect situation for me right now. But what is the end goal?
What do you think? What is your experience with pursuing a career and feeling fulfilled and satisfied with your trajectory?