You are probably clicking on this post to find out the title means. That means you are curious, and maybe that curiosity will lead you to answers, but curiosity can lead you to places you do not want to be, so be aware.
Now that the weird intro is done, let's get down to this topic.
Which is the better way to go for your life:
Have a career doing a job that you like doing
Having a job/jobs that keep you satisfied enough to let you focus on a career of personal hobbies and ambitions?
I have been fighting back and forth on this topic for the last 6 months, and here is how I see the sides:
From the moment I started university, I have always had it in the back of my mind that what I am learning will lead me to a career that will keep me stimulated and enthralled. That career will be the reason (besides God, family, or friends) I wake up every day. I see this side as the more common way to look at schooling and the eventual outcome that becomes the result. But this path comes at some costs.
You may or may not have large student debts to pay off, you may not be able to find that dream job right away, and you may put having a life on a serious halt until everything falls into place. This can push you back into starting a family or being well established (house purchase, financial stability, etc.) unless you have serious drive to work part-time or during summer and do school in between. I believe that some other issues include becoming too job focused and losing sight of everything else, and making your job more important than everything else.
But there is something to be said for finding a purpose for your life, or "Your Calling" if you will. When you find the career that excites you for life, that exhilarating desire to do your best every day because you LOVE. YOUR. JOB. When you go out the door to work, you look forward to every day as a
For me personally, I will always have a desire to find a career that leaves me always thirsty for more to do and more to learn, but maybe that isn't for me. Maybe my life will go in a different path.
Job for a Career of Life
When you look at those who don't care about their job, I think that it comes down to two main areas: they really just hate their job OR they find that everything else in life is more exciting and enticing. (I am not going to worry about talking about the first area, because of how I am focusing this topic.)
I believe that the reason people find the rest of their life more interesting is because of where their interests lie. Those interests could be games, spending time with friends and family, exploring the world, or just spending time delving deeper into topics of personal desires. Whatever the interest is, their job becomes a means to spending more time in that interest or being able to put more money towards the interest. That desire for life comes from outside work and earning money. Now maybe that personal interest can become a source of money, who knows, but I am more interested in the general idea of doing a job to focus on other things. This too comes at a price.
Without a desire for your job, you could become frustrated with your work and have to find a new job to keep it from becoming stagnant or repulsive. Alternatively, you could do something so simple and basic that requires so little thought that you can just run on auto-pilot during work hours. You become disengaged at work not being able to grow at all.
For me, I will always be interested in playing games. The time spent delving deeper into a story to experience something different or hanging out with a bunch of friends being goofy and silly can be so enjoyable. Also, spending time with friends and family are where most of my most memorable moments in life are, so it is hard to keep myself from those things. But I have try to be aware of balancing the time spent. If I become so attached to everything else with life, I could find myself just trying to fight against doing any kind of work so that I can spend more time elsewhere, and I believe that this isn't right.
Maybe this all comes down to attitude, ambition, and desire. Maybe something else. I am not sure, and I don't if I ever will be. I try to find a balance in all parts of my life, and I hope and pray that I choose to live each day doing all things to the fullest, so that I may experience everything that happens to me each day with a full and happy heart.
I want to end with a thank you and a request. First, thank you for reading through this post, I don't usually go all deep dive of thought in public, but it was refreshing to say the least. Second, and finally, I am requesting that you approach this topic, and your possible response, with an open mind and prayerful heart so as to grow more through a greater understanding of yourself, a better understanding of this topic, and how others view this topic.
Thank you, Amroth.