Do you love your job? That seems to be a question people always ask me.
Seeing as how I have always worked with kids, it seems wrong for the answer to be no, but I have to wonder if I do. Steve Jobs once said “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Wow, thank you Steve Jobs, that really made me think. While trying to decide if my current career was ideal for me, there are a few points I explored, I’m going to share them with you so maybe they can help you as well.
Do you love your job?
1. Five more minutes, mom.
Now I know most mornings, when the alarm sounds, I just don’t want to get out of bed. I like sleep way too much and I have an amazing pillow, but I force myself to get up and get ready for work. I’m usually a positive person and can channel Pollyanna and think of all the reasons I should be glad. But, even though I like the kids, that doesn’t change the fact that I am not excited about going.
2. I don’t want to be here.
When I finally arrive at work, it seems like I have to force myself to go inside. There are a million other things I could be doing and the thought of going in there and getting started is completely draining. I wait until the last possible moment to walk in and when I do I sigh deeply …another day …I just have to make it through.
3.Why are you talking to me? Could the clock move any slower?
All of my coworkers want to chat and, since I am a very empathetic person, I have to listen. They tell me about their problems at home, at work, and about the mistakes of fellow employees. I don’t want to hear about it. I’m there to do my job and go home. Why is time just creeping by?
4. I need chocolate.
For me, this is specifically an M&M bar, but it can be any chocolate or treat. It’s like a reward for surviving the day. This is NOT a healthy habit, but every day I get finished I wonder what I can do to make myself feel a little better and the answer is usually chocolate.
5. Leave me alone.
For me, this is the most problematic result of being unhappy with my work. When I get home and I’m around the people I care for most I don’t want to talk. I’m in a perpetually negative mood and I take it out on those closest to me. I carry the stress from the day to my home, my sanctuary. When I began to realize this was happening I knew things needed to change.
I asked myself, is all of this worth it? Do I love my job? I felt obligated to stay for so long, because they said they needed me, but the business survived before I went to work there and I knew it would continue once I left. What I knew could not continue was my perpetually disgruntled mood and its effect on my loved ones. Another fabulous quote that I found is from Katherine Hepburn.
“ If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting.” -Katherine Hepburn
I’m not certain the “dream job” is always attainable, since there are so many factors that go into making it happen. I do, however, believe that you can find a career that brings you joy and fulfillment. It may take you some time to determine what that job may be, but never stop searching, never stop applying. You deserve happiness in all aspects of your life.
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