Love What You Do


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. 

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