Thursday, September 25, 2014

On doing what you love

"If you're doing what you love to do, you're doing what you were meant to do."
Don Daglow
Your turn: Do you love what you do?

4 comments:

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Actually, yes, I believe I do love what I do! As a SAHM for 22 years, I definitely loved what I did -- it was what I had always wanted to do and be when I grew up. But eventually I worked myself out of that job as the kids grew; when my husband retired, I needed something else and sort of stumbled into my current job. There are days I am frustrated with events out of my control but overall I am fulfilled and content.

Max Sartin said...

I do love what I'm doing, and I'm real lucky because I just kind of fell into it. I never thought of teaching as a career for me until a friend got me substituting for extra money. Fell in love with it, went back to college and now, 22 years later, still having a great time.

james said...

At one point in my life I was concerned about loving everything I did...but now I am not so sure. Society seems to require many jobs that most people find unlovable, which makes me wonder if the pursuit of doing what you love is, perhaps, rather elitist? Further thoughts - http://jamesshelley.net/2014/03/do-what-you-love/

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

James, that is an interesting point. I clicked through and read your blog post as well, and there is some good food-for-thought there.
When I write that I loved my job as a SAHM, that doesn't mean the daily grunge of dirty diapers, constantly preparing meals, or general messes to clean were ignored or done by someone else; it means that when I weighed the pros and cons, being a SAHM came down heavily on the side of a fulfilling career. I am aware that I am lucky to have had that opportunity. My current job does not pay well and requires more time than I signed up for, but it is also fulfilling work. Again, having work that is fulfilling is possibly a lucky thing. I do like what I do and am (mostly) doing what I like.
Yes, there are jobs that many people would consider unlovable -- and yet, sometimes I wonder if it has more to do with contentment than chasing happiness.

I will consider more about the idea of the elitist attitude.