People are fascinating. And the way people think is even more so. As I travel I meet so many people with weird, wild ideas.
For example, last week I had a very interesting conversation with a guy who believes the world will end in 2012, global anarchy will reign before we ring in 2013 and that all the people on the planes that crashed on 9/11 are alive and sequestered somewhere. I don’t happen to agree with any of it but it made for an outrageously fun and lively discussion. As I said, people are fascinating.
And as I meet people, they also meet me. And think I have weird wild ideas.
For instance, most people don’t think feeding sharks for a living would be a fun job. But I love what I do, being surrounded by these majestic creatures, never really knowing what is going to happen, feeling REALLY alive, blood pulsing through my veins. It’s a magnificent rush. And just Saturday I wrote about my life as a professional shark feeder and then I came across an article telling me not to do what I love….huh?
So I read the article because what people think about fascinates me. But I so completely disagreed with her I felt the need to share. This popular blogger wrote an article entitled,
There were 440 comments and 2100 likes. I’d love for you to read it.
What’s your opinion? Should you do work you love?
In her article, she states that, “It’s absurd. If you are in touch with who you are, you are doing what you love, no matter what…..So it’s preposterous that we need to get paid to do what we love because we do that stuff anyway.”
She then goes on to use the example that she loves to have sex more than write but she’s not getting paid to have sex. (Gee, I hope not because it’s illegal most places!). She says that “Career decisions are not decisions about “what do I love most?” but what kind of life do I want to set up for myself?”
I just have to call her out on that….REALLY? Well, I want to set up the kind of life in which I’m doing what I love.
She says that people become overwhelmed with the task of “doing what you love” and maybe they should just forget it. Do anything. Doing work you love is not so important.
To me that’s settling.
So that leads me to look around at the millions of people who are unhappy in their lives because they go to a job they don’t enjoy 40+ hours a week for 40+ YEARS and don’t feel like they’ve lived the life they wanted. Many feel like they have worked for “the man” and built “the man’s” dreams instead of their own.
Why would you spend 80,000 hours of your life, yep, 40 hours/week, 50 weeks a year, for 40 years NOT doing something that you love? I’m just saying……
If someone said to you, okay, you have 80,000 hours to spend. Do you want to do something you love or not? It doesn’t matter to me…you choose.
How would you choose? What’s your opinion? Let’s stir up this pot a little!