Monday, July 13, 2009


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.


  1. Great post mom--had no idea you wanted to be a singer! The books also looks about how the regular jobs, if thay had more "soul" instead of just being focused on producing more and making more, then perhaps these "regular" jobs that most of us have wouldn't be so dreadful. I guess it's a complex social and culturally issue which would include what people value, because if monetary success wasn't the main show, then perhaps we would be more happy in our regular jobs.

  2. I've been reading your blog for about a month and I love it. I love seeing (reading) what you have to say.

  3. I really liked this post. I love how you seamlessly combine the unsavory aspects of life (stress and diarrhea) with living your dream. Not an easy task to do, and yet you do it well! I am fortunate to love what I do for a living. I feel it is my soul's work. I couldn't find it in a job search, so I had to create it. It's taken me 13 years to fine-tune, but it was worth all the work and effort. I'm sure it will keep changing and growing too, as I continue to change and grow.