Is your work your passion? Do you jump put of bed eager to go to work each morning, or do you spend a good part of your morning preparation in the bathroom with diarrhea brought on by the stress of having to go to a job you hate.. My daughter Grace, over at over at Graceful Yoga has just posted an interesting prospective on “A Life’s Work” by Thomas Moore, which has me reflecting on jobs I’ve had over the years, none of which I could say I’ve had any real “passion” for. They were jobs that allowed me to contribute to the household expenses while raising a family, and while being a far cry from being big spenders, the extra income provided for some perks here and there.
As children we are told that we can be anything we want to be, we just have to get out there and make our dreams come true. This may be true to a degree, but it is also naive to believe that everyone can turn something they love into a job that will pay enough to feed and house oneself or ones family comfortably. Very few people have the talent and ability to do so. I used to dream of being a singing star, but I know my limits…I can’t sing and no amount of training will ever make me a singer.
For the most of us, we just have to carry on in jobs that hopefully we enjoy it for the most part. Jobs that will maintain the standard of living we desire and allow us time to pursue our passion outside the work place. While there are those people out there who seem to have a calling right from the get go and work toward that goal until they succeed, I on the other hand at 52, still do not know what I want to be when I grow up.
For those fortunate to be working as well as living their dreams, power to you.