EVERYTHING

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?

 

 

4 Comments on Life’s Work

  1. Mary
    May 26, 2015 at 2:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I agree, that more people are diversifying their resume these days in response to the internet and all the opportunities it offers for freelance and remote work. I think falling into something you love so much makes life feel amazing. Being in love and building a life that you love and working a job that you love- there is nothing better. My job is totally a calling and it still feels like work sometimes. It’s just work that I find myself making time and room for, the way you do for this blog. I don’t know if I will be able to do it forever, or if it’s just another love affair in the novel that is my life. Who knows where we are all headed, right? Love the questions you are asking.

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    • Stephanie
      May 26, 2015 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Mary! I think the key is being open to change and to always keep searching for what makes you happy.

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  2. Samm
    June 2, 2015 at 10:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I honestly think that loving what you’re doing and loving your life as a whole come hand in hand. I was in nursing school for 2 years and was miserable. The second I quit (against all my family’s wishes) and pursued a more creative life, I was happier and everything in my life started to look brighter after years of feeling like it was getting darker.

    I also feel like we all have a responsibility to provide for ourselves, even if it means working at a job that DOES feel like work. I currently work at a bank and always have something to complain about, but having that income provides me with resources to run my blog – which is something that I DO plan on doing with my life (somehow lol).

    LOVE this post!

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    • Stephanie
      June 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Wow Samm what an amazing decision to make – good for you for putting yourself first. I would love to have more time and energy for my blog too – we’ll just have to see how things work out. I’ve learned to roll with the punches and what feels right… whenever I make plans for my future something different and better always comes along and I realized that sometimes what I plan or dream of can sometimes fall short of what’s possible. :) Never thought I’d be working in the tech industry but apparently it’s the perfect thing for me in this time of my life.

      Hope your vacation was as amazing as it looked!

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