My current job, with a company that I have enjoyed working for this past 16 years, is not a job that is changing the world, making it a better place, or inspiring people to live better lives. But it is a job that I enjoy doing. It is a job that pays well, and offers great benefits and vacation time. I am crazy in love with my co-workers. I like, and agree with many of the company policies and missions. I really am quite happy traipsing in to work 5 days a week, going about my daily tasks with music in one ear, and jumping however high the boss
I consider myself a committed employee, although by all accounts, not an overly excitable one. I'm there to do a job, not cartwheels and practice cheers with pom poms, after all... Plus, that just isn't in my nature to get all Ra-Ra! about numbers. People in my line of work are not saving lives, and despite how catastrophic management makes things out to be sometimes, consumers are still buying the goods we peddle in these tough economic times. Oh! And nobody has gone postal! That makes it a good day, if you ask me.
And at the end of my 8.5 hour day, I get to leave, head to the gym, and go on about my life. I honestly couldn't ask for a better set up.
While we have all heard the age old advice to "figure out what you love to do, and then find a way to get paid for it", sometimes the things we love to do don't help us keep a roof over our heads and food on the table, while still treating ourselves frivolously on occasion. (Nail polish, purses and make-up, hello!)
Maybe someday I will try my hand at getting paid to talk, laugh, help, inspire and teach...
But for now, in addition to my 42.5 hours in a people pod all week, I do other things that really lift my spirit and help to balance me out. I coach clinics with The Running Room - albeit a slightly new venture for me, it is one that I love! And starting next week, I will be volunteering with our local children's hospital - also coaching a running clinic. I can't wait to start! I also make time to travel, enjoy the outdoors, and really connect with other like-minded souls who I am lucky to call friends.
There is so much more to me than what I do for a living. And there is so much more to life than devoting it to a job that doesn't fuel your passion for life, or fill your heart with true joy.
Shame that more people don't see it that way.