Love what you do and the money will come…it’s something I would tell myself on those days when I could not bear sitting behind a desk any longer. But the saying never really explained how to achieve it. I just figured that it was not meant for me seeing as the things I love to do (reading and sleeping, for example) are not real money makers. I thought about writing and owning my own gift shop, both things I have done but no money ever really came. I chalked it up to more personal failures.
I kept looking at it through eyes that only saw the small picture. Think outside the box seemed like a way to make it happen but once again the saying did not do much to explain. I like to have instructions or, at the very least, a checklist of tasks in order to accomplish something . As we all know, life doesn’t come with either.
What I didn’t know was that the thing I love to do was not even something I would have known that I loved. When I applied for the job on the train I had no idea it was going to be that thing for me. In retrospect, I now realize that applying for the job was actually thinking outside the box. Although I just thought it would be fun.
Today I am awake before the alarm goes off and I hardly ever hit the snooze button. I look forward to going to work, I enjoy what I am doing. There is not a lot of money involved but enough to live. And you can’t really ask for more than that.
I see now that it can be a reality…to love what you do and live on it. The kicker is that the thing you love may not even be on your radar as a thing you love. Harrison Ford was a carpenter for many years. I wonder if he thought about acting as something he would love to do or was it just something that happened and he ended up loving it? I do not really know but stories like that make me wonder.
Now I can see potentially other things that I might love to do when my season on the train is done. Once the door is opened the possibilities are easier to view. I am hoping to have a string of different jobs to help support myself and give me experiences I never even dreamt of. If you were to ask me a year ago if it was possible to love your work, I would have said maybe for someone else. Ask me today and I would say it’s possible for anyone who can see their own possibilities.