I read this tweet the other day and it stopped me in my tracks………..makes you think doesn’t it.
This week I get pretty introspective anyway as it’s my birthday tomorrow, so along with checking for more wrinkles and hoiking out some white hairs (this particular occupation is coming to an end as I’m fighting a losing battle), I’ve been looking at where I’m at and having a long hard think about where I’m going.
I’m not sure if this might sound like a bit of a cop-out, but I believe that to reach that place where you can say – “No re-evaluation needed” you’ve got to go on a bit of a journey, and as any traveller will tell you it can get pretty bumpy! So this week I’m asking myself do I do what I love? Hold up, before I go any further I should add that I’ve asked myself this every year with varying replies but it’s always asked about every aspect of my life – this is not just a work thing after all work is not everything.
This year I think I can say that I’m finally settling into the journey, it’s taken a while but I feel like traction control is kicking in and I’m making good headway. I’m really enjoying a lot of the things I’m doing at the moment both personally and for work, I’m learning so much on a daily basis and being able to put some of it into practice (I’m writing this blog for one). I’m trying to make sure that I get out and enjoy the amazing city I live in and looking forward to getting the tent out soon and heading out to the wilds of Scotland and beyond. Sounds great doesn’t it! But…I’m not really doing what I love in all aspects so I’ve got a lot more work to do, but that work is so much easier to take on when you feel that you are at least travelling in the right direction.
Now, do I love what I do? Well I guess the answer is sometimes. I absolutely love it when I get to learn from really great people who are as passionate about things as I am, I love coming home at night and having homemade pizza made for me by the love of my life. I definitely don’t love it when I get up in the morning and have to bike to work in the rain and wind but, by the time I get there I feel better for having done it than I would if I’d sat on the bus. I’m trying to stretch this concept to some other aspects of life. My boss, if he’s reading this would certainly understand that the job that I currently do may not be “doing what I love” but it is a part of the journey because I love some of what I do and I love the work that the organisation does. Is this enough? At the moment I think it is because I’m still travelling forward and learning the skills that I’m going to need to succeed when everything in all aspects of my life connect and I find myself saying – “no re-evaluation needed”.
Tell me what you think – journey or cop-out? Maybe re-evaluation is always needed?
Thanks to The LAC Project for the tweet.