Thursday, 22 March 2018

I Don't Love My Job & That's Okay

If I had a dollar for every time I was exposed to the message that I should pursue my passions, well, I wouldn't have needed to get a job!
"Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life!"
Sure, I was passionate about a lot of things - I loved watching TV, reading, eating breakfast food for dinner and subsisting on potato. But could I create a career out of those 'passions'?

And the better question was - should I?

But in all seriousness, the 'advice' had always confused me and caused a lot of unnecessary stress. I didn't believe that I had passions, therefore, I couldn't decide what career I should pursue therefore I thought I was useless therefore I believed I was doomed to a life of utmost misery because the media kept advocating for people to follow their passions therefore what was I going to do with my life.

However, I have come to realise that the message is so incredibly flawed. To have the choice and freedom to view a job as more than a means of (financial) survival is a privilege. It is simply a privilege that is not afforded to everyone. People have families to support, bills and mortgages to pay and countless other financial responsibilities. Does it mean that those who are unable to or choose not to pursue their 'dreams' are living a sub-par life? Not necessarily!

It is also so dangerous to encourage people to tie up their identity with a job. A job should never define you and it is so damaging to suggest otherwise. Passions come and go as do jobs. I am not suggesting that people shouldn't pursue their passions and dreams, rather I am suggesting that it is okay to pursue a career that you are not passionate about. It is unrealistic to say that everyone should pursue their passions because, to be quite frank, society would cease to function.

I think it is more important to determine what you want in life and find a job which will complement those goals. If you want to pursue your passions, go for it. If you want to derive the majority of your satisfaction and meaning from your job, do that. If you want it to simply be financial means to an end, then that's okay as well.

I don't love my job but I enjoy it - and that's okay.

And honestly, I wish that someone had told me that was acceptable a lot earlier in life.

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