I woke up this morning to articles, blogs, and memes all over the Internet about romance and love this Valentine's Day. So much of this holiday is about love for someone else, but has anyone ever thought about love for what you do every day?
I see so many people ignoring what they truly love to do because they are in a career or industry they hate. They fell into it, stumbled into it, or were pushed into it, and just never found the strength or desire to do anything else.
Sure, I understand there are money concerns and responsibilities for supporting families, but I'm of the firm belief that you can always find a way to do something you absolutely love. And while I would hope it's a career, if that's just not possible, do you do what you love as a hobby or in even the smallest moments of free time that you have. If you were honest and listened to what your soul calls you to do, you'll find a way to make it happen even if it's just designing dresses for yourself or your kids on the weekends or at night. I've written previously here about Ruthanne who loves to draw, and while she has a busy full-time job in the corporate world, she'll make the time to sketch late into the night because she just loves it so much.
Doing what you love is a way to feed your soul and authentic self, reduce stress, and combat illness ultimately. Stuffing down hate, dread, and disgust every day simply cannot be healthy.
I've always loved to write and it has come easy to me for as far back as I can remember. When it was time to apply to college, I wanted to major in journalism, but my father was firmly against it as he said I would never earn money writing — I had to have a business degree. But I persisted, majored in communications and have been writing every day since. It is who I am. It is what my soul wants to do. And I'm good at it. And it supports me and my lifestyle. Whenever I think back to my Dad's foreboding about "never making a living writing," I just smile.
I've had my own business for quite some time now and I write every day. Sure it's a lot of long hours and sometimes I have to deal with difficult clients and odd personalities, but I remind myself that I'm really doing what I love every day. I rarely have a day that I wake up and dread going to work — how many people can say that?
When you think about it, we spend more hours in the day working than anything else (often even more than sleeping!). So why would you not do something you love? Being an entrepreneur and business owner is very different than being an employee where you have a guaranteed paycheck every two weeks or month. You have to work for it every day. You are responsible for absolutely every aspect of your company. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
On this Valentine's Day I'm happy to say I get to spend time with my one true love — my writing (no worries — my husband totally gets it). While it doesn't send me cards, flowers, or take me to dinner, it brings me joy, happiness, and peace in knowing that I am doing what I was meant to do: using my ability to craft words into sentences to tell stories for my clients.
Take just a moment today and think about what you truly love to do....