We might not be able to earn a living from doing what we love, maybe not at first anyway, but we can pour our heart and soul into it to bring awesomeness into being. I have creativity in my bones, so even when I’m not intentionally setting out to do so, stories, melodies, and musings exude from my very pores and demand to be written down.
One thing I’ve talked about a fair bit in my recent posts is how blessed I am to be working in my current job. The people I work with care about others, their colleagues and the people whom the organisation provides support. I have not always been so blessed. I have worked jobs which drained the very will to exist from my being. The people I worked with were ok people but without the same care for each other I could only see the company as a place seeking to make money. Important to stay in business, but if there is not also a desire to help people – even a distant one – I feel disconnected from the work we are doing. My purpose for living felt more unfulfilled each passing day.
So, I say anyway, make sure you’re working around the right sort of people, doing work which doesn’t drain the energy from your soul. It doesn’t have to be the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning but it must not be something that encourages to stay in it for days on end. I’ve definitely been there.
At the moment I’m putting too many hours into everything. I work my seven and a half hours a day, Monday to Friday. I write this blog, the first draft of my first book, poetry, and song lyrics. I record, mix, and master the songs I’ve written. In between all this I read books, fiction and non-fiction, and soak in as much knowledge as I can conceivably fit into my wonderful little brain. As I try to advance all these projects forward, I leave not quite enough time for sleep. Thankfully, Saturday mornings at the moment provide me a time when I can catch up on sleep and spend time choosing to actively rest.
There are fine lines between freedom and sorrow here. Spending our time doing the things we love and putting effort into earning what we need to be able to live, while not working so hard we push ourselves to exhaustion and sleep less than our body, mind, and spirit need.
How are you feeling at the moment? Are you spending time with people that uplift your spirit? For at least some of the time? What were you made for? Are you making time for this?
No one is a better you than you, so keep on keeping on being awesome. Peace.