Do What You Love
It is undeniably a luxury to pursue a career path in an industry that you love but it is a luxury we should all aspire to. While there are some jobs which no one could possibly enjoy but must be done none-the-less, if you are in a position to follow your dreams, what’s stopping you? If you’re reading this blog, chances are you are better placed than most to instigate a life change which will make you fundamentally happier. I did just that about a year ago and now I get to write happiness blogs for a living. What dream career path will you follow?
We spend about eight hours a day, five days a week, working. Therefore, if you’re lumbering along a career path you dislike or have stagnated to the point where you’re no longer getting any pleasure from your job, the impact of this on your life is significant. If you were in a relationship which didn’t fulfil your desires, you’d probably end it. So why do humans pursue careers they hate? Aside from the obvious need to earn money and put food on the table, there seems to be a societal expectation placed upon us to choose our future industry at a young age and never deviate from that choice for the rest of our lives. Well, I’m here to tell you that change is a good thing.
After I graduated from my masters, my only desire was to not be living and working in the UK (no offence, my beloved homeland). The only real work experience I had, aside from bar work, was teaching in Cambodia so that’s what I moved to do. I suppose I fell into this as an easy option but it became a career of sorts. For two years at least. But I always knew it wasn’t a lifetime job for me and was simply content to bumble along until something fell in my lap. Except it didn’t. And after two years I realised it was up to me to put the wheels in motion and force myself onto a different path.
Never one to do something the straightforward way, I quit my teaching job before having lined up my future. But I think, for me at least, this was the right move. It forced me, financially, to begin actively looking for new career options. Unsure exactly what I wanted to do, I decided to focus on what I knew I could do: write.
Writing has always been a passion of mine but never something I received formal training in aside from my high school English lessons and a few lectures at university which taught you how to structure an essay or construct an argument. Despite my lack of ‘qualifications’, I quickly discovered there was work to be found for someone with a strong work ethic and, modestly, raw talent.
Everyone is good at something and the chances are that your talent is also something you enjoy doing. So why not make a career of it? Even if you can’t fully sustain yourself or your family through your passion, perhaps you can find some way to work it into your life. If you love working out, qualify as a fitness instructor. If you’re a good artist, hold an exhibition. If you’re green fingered, see if there’s anyone in your neighbourhood who may benefit from some gardening help at the weekend.
The concept of a career holds most of us back from filling our lives with enjoyment and passion. Cast aside societal expectations and pursue your own dreams. And if those dreams change in five years’ time, great! Switch tracks. There is no rule to say how many jobs or careers you may or may not have in your lifetime, so why limit yourself? True, you do have to be earning enough money to feed and clothe yourself and any dependents as well as needing to keep a roof over your head. But why settle? Why resign yourself to plodding through life in a job you, at best, are indifferent to and, at worst, despise?
The happier you are in your day to day life, the more positive the impact you can have on the world. I guess I’m extra lucky as I have a job I love and I also get to spread messages like these and inspire others.
Go. Do. Experience. More Good Deeds.