Not Everyone Gets Their Dream Job But Your Job Can Help You Follow Your Dreams: Learning To Accept That Your Job Can Just Be A Job And Not A Passion Project.
From as long as I can remember I’ve always been chasing the fantasy of finding my dream job and living a perfect life. What I didn’t anticipate was how difficult it would be to figure out what my dream job was.
There have been many times I thought I figured it out. Like, when I wanted to be doctor, then a teacher, an author, an event planner, an interior designer, a marketer, a business administrator, a copywriter and most recently I wanted to do something in the field of Teaching and Learning in Emerging Technologies.
Whenever I think of something new I get so engrossed in it and I’m sure I found my passion. The truth is, I get excited about creating but my reality is I need to do something to pay my bills and take care of my family. So I did what was expected, I went to college and I did a general degree that would get me a job as soon as possible.
A 9 to 5 job is not a less than job
So, I got my 9 to 5 job that provides me with a stable monthly salary and I’m content. Do I count the days until I’m back in the office? No. However, I wake up every day extremely grateful to have my job. I know I am blessed and extremely lucky to have the job I have and access to a stable income in a non-toxic environment. This is celebrated enough.
I hear some of my friends speak about how fulfilling their jobs are and how they’re doing what they love. You know the saying- do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. This is what I’ve been chasing. I’ve always been chasing the dream of being fulfilled in my job until recently. I was struggling in the last semester of completing my Masters. One night I realised I didn’t want to do it any more and I didn’t have to. I wrote more about that here.
The reality is, I need to work, there is no getting around that. Right now in my life, I want to just take a break from chasing professional fulfilment and enjoy where I am and what I have.
3 Things to remember when the world makes you feel like your job isn’t enough
Stop comparing your feelings towards your job to how others say they feel about theirs
No one wants to have a job they hate. Where they have a feeling of dread every time they show up, and no one wants to work in a toxic environment. This can’t be good for your mental or physical health.
However, constantly comparing your feelings towards your job to how others say they feel about their job can’t be healthy either.
There’s nothing wrong with working to survive
The majority of us work because we have to to survive, and working to survive isn’t a bad thing. If your job allows you to live a comfortable life why should you feel like you aren’t doing enough because it isn’t your passion?
Your life’s passion doesn’t need to come from your job
Finding something you’re passionate about or something you truly enjoy is important, but you don’t need to find that from your job. You can, however, use your job to enjoy your life.
- Think about it, do you enjoy travelling? Does that fulfil you? Having a salary can make this happen.
- Are you a foodie who enjoys trying new dishes? Your job makes this possible.
- Do you want to start a blog? Your salary allows you to invest in yourself.
- Is your family the source of your happiness? Your job allows you to support and provide for them.
It’s important to remember that your job isn’t your entire life and you don’t have to attach your level of happiness on what you do to survive. Use your job to help you find your happiness.
Let me know in the comments what are some of your passions that aren’t related to your job.