As some of you may be aware, I am now the full-time editor, as well as a contributing writer, for Collective Evolution. I recently wrote a short piece for them about the importance of doing what you love, inspired by (of course) my own transition from a job that I hated to one which I love. I think it’s something which can’t be said enough, and I thought it would be worthwhile to share my experience with you all here. I tend to learn life lessons the hard way, but I’m still hopeful that this might motivate someone to make a change in their life and take the risk of finding happiness.
Sometimes a video comes along that is so poignant, so powerful, and so utterly beautiful in its simplicity that we can’t help but take notice.
There are endless articles, blogs, and videos out there, all clamouring for our attention and all trying to relay the same message of self-improvement. We all know the phrase, “Carpe Diem,” but rarely do we stop to actually consider what it means. We can hear a message told a thousand different ways without ever truly listening to it, but all it takes is one time, one perfectly articulated thought, for us to actually internalize the idea. I hope watching this video will mark that time for you.
After much gentle prodding on Conor’s part, and many lessons learned the hard way, I have become a huge proponent of the idea that you should do what you love. I recently spent 6 toxic months chasing the dream we’ve all been told to want – I found myself a 9-5 job working in an office with benefits, job security, and the promise of a pension. I thought, after years of schooling and unsatisfying part-time jobs, that I was finally “on my way” to success.
But I was miserable. I had no interest in the work I was doing, I hated sitting in front of a computer screen all day, and I came home grumpy and exhausted. My muscles were literally begging to be used, as were my critical thinking skills, but instead I was forced to be sedentary, crunching numbers all day long. I counted every agonizingly slow minute of every day until I could go home. Everything about the opportunity had sounded great on paper, but in reality, my relationships, my health, and my emotional well-being were suffering. I knew if I stayed on at the company there were plenty of opportunities for advancement, but that would mean further entrenching myself into an existence that was deeply unsatisfying.
And then I started doing something I enjoyed. I started doing work that utilized my unique skills, that gave me the freedom to explore topics that interested me. I started doing work that actually felt like it mattered. I started working for CE. And the difference has been astronomical.
When you consider how much of your life is spent at work, it’s pretty horrifying to think that most people spend that time doing something they hate. They’re working for their paycheque and they’re working for the weekend, and they think that’s completely normal. I met so many people over the last several months who seemed so resigned to their fate, as though being unhappy at work was simply the reality of being an adult and living in the “real world.” But I promise you, that is simply not the case. That is a fiction we have been told all of our lives, and it is preventing us from taking risks and striving for our dreams.
I know for a fact that when you actually care about something, you put more effort into it. And, more importantly, when you are engaged in what you are doing, it doesn’t feel like work.
And that brings me to this amazing video. I’ve been a huge fan of ZeFrank for a few years now – his Sad Cat Diary video literally left me incoherent with laughter, and his True Facts series is equally entertaining – but until quite recently I had no idea that he was also involved in some really thought-provoking works.
The video below explains how much time you spend doing things like working, cooking, and cleaning. And it shows you how much time you have left for the things you enjoy. Wouldn’t it be great if work was one of those things? Check it out, and be prepared to be moved! I hope this inspires you as much as it did me.