Why You Absolutely Must Love What You Do

Time is a goofy thing. When you want it to move slowly, it moves too fast. Example: when your alarm goes off in the morning or when you’re on a date with someone you really, really like. When you want it to move fast it moves slooooooow. Example: when you’re giving a timed presentation that has to be ten minutes and you run out of things to say in the first two minutes.

When I went to summer camp we would have five minutes to talk our parents on the phone once a week. This sounds like nothing, but it actually was a pretty decent amount of time. Five minutes is longer than you think. It’s strange. Time becomes even weirder when you’re an adult. When you’re a kid you’re just made of time. You have no responsibilities, so time is less important. But when you’re older and always have crap to do, your time is your most precious commodity. Time is money. That’s why it’s so important that you spend it wisely and spend it how YOU want.

I never really realized how important it is to love what you do until I thought about this whole concept of time. You spend eight hours (at least) of your day at work. That’s the majority of your day. You work five days (at least) a week. This is the majority of the week. Therefore, you spend the majority of your life at work. Scary, right?  So if you hate what you’re doing that’s pretty terrible and sad. Bottom line: you have to love what you do. Not necessarily right away, but you have to be on a path to loving what you do.

There are so many movies focused on a main character who works at a boring office with awful fluorescent lights and a jerk boss. This is usually a source of frustration for the character. This is true in real life too. In fact, a lot of the world’s unhappiness can probably be traced back to a bad work situation. You hate your boss and that causes anxiety and then you’re stressed at home and it hurts your relationship so then you’re stressed about your relationship and the story continues. Your job is boring so you come home feeling uninspired and tired and then you don’t work out and you gain weight, etc. You see where this is going. Work seeps into every other aspect of your life. It’s so important to do something you love, or at least be working towards doing something you love. If you’re a recent grad you probably don’t have your dream job right away. If you do, I’m jealous and would like to know your secret. Hey, you may be an assistant to the assistant now but are working your way up toward just being the assistant. And then the boss. And then all those coffee runs and other errands will be worth it.

I saw this quote from famous author Gloria Steinem and I loved it, “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”

That’s how you know you’re in your dream (or close to it) job. It’s when you’re doing your work and not wishing you were somewhere else. You’re not watching the clock and counting down the hours. You’re not working and feeling like you should be spending your time elsewhere. You feel good about spending your valuable time doing what you’re doing. Then I saw this quote that I also really liked:

It’s pretty easy to recognize that you can’t hate your job. It’s harder to find something you actually love doing. It’s nice to believe that you’ll have this figured out by the time you graduate college, but in reality this is usually not the case. If you’re still searching for your “thing”, think about how you spend your time when you’re just wasting time or “doing nothing”. What are you actually doing? Looking at home decor? Recipes? Exercise routines? This can help point you in the direction of your true passions and interests.

Are you in a good job situation? Still working on it? Still trying to find “your thing”?

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