When your passion is your work
Am I the only one who finds it really difficult to motivate myself in this glorious weather? I don’t want to be sweating over a keyboard, compiling PR reports and writing press releases – I want to be reading a book under a tree by the river.
Getting things done was a monumental effort yesterday. I made a task list of 13 things to do and only ticked off six of them. As I am trying to be a bit more glass half full about things, I’ll take that as a win.
I did manage to go to a ballet class, walk the dog in the evening sunshine and watch Love Island (not the football!). Those were all things I wanted to do, that I enjoyed and had looked forward to. If I could feel like that about my work, the jackpot will be well and truly hit.
The work has been a sticking point for me all year. I just don’t enjoy PR in the way that I do journalism. If only the latter paid!
A recent flurry of messages in a WhatsApp group I belong to really got me thinking about the importance of loving your work. The group is composed of fellow members of my ballet class and our teacher.
The teacher works long hours. I can see that a LOT of preparation goes into these classes. She pours her heart and soul into the lessons and whether you are a lummox like me or somebody with a professional ballet career beckoning, you come away feeling inspired. You’ve got to give a lot in a job like that and from where I’m standing, it looks exhausting.
Anyway, in the wake of the weekend’s dance school show, there was an outpouring of gratitude and affection for our lovely teacher on WhatsApp. She was moved by this and commented on how wonderful it is to be appreciated for simply sharing something she loves.
She used the word ‘simply’ when what she does for a living is anything but and there you have it – when you are doing something you love, it doesn’t feel like a hard slog.
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about this. Finding meaningful work isn’t a problem, I could do that tomorrow, today even. Getting paid handsomely for it, now that’s another matter.
In her book, Jen says it is entirely possible to do work that you love and get paid really well for it, but getting the combination right continues to elude me. Yes, there’s the novel, but progress is painfully slow. I do love writing this blog though, but don’t see it generating cash any time soon.
The answer is out there somewhere and it’ll come to me soon, I’m sure of it. Watch this space.
Kerching, kerching. That’s the sound of me doing work I love.