Do you love what you do?

So, how was everyone’s 12/12/12? It sounds like a holiday when you put it in that context.

I ended up signing up for the Rock ‘N Roll Dallas Half Marathon yesterday. Because of the special repetitive date, they reduced the registration price by $20. Score! Thinking, there wouldn’t be a better deal than that, I grabbed on and ran with it.

half marathonSo let it be known that on the last repetitive date that I will ever see in my lifetime I signed up for my very first half marathon. Now lets see if I can finish in the time I provided during registration, 2:35.

Moving on.

Last weekend, I had lunch with a good friend of mine. I hadn’t seen her in a few months so it was great to catch up. When I asked her how her job was going her deamenor shifted. She began telling me that things were okay, but that her boss is always putting her down. She mentioned that they don’t get along too well and that she’s feeling miserable. It all took me back to the days when I felt the exact same way about my old job. I dreaded getting out of bed everyday. I lost respect for my boss on multiple occassions due to his lack of gratitude. I was just as miserable as my friend is now.

This all lead me to think of what I have now. I work for a company that respects their employees. I have a boss who’s willing to take the heat even if I was to blame. I work with my co-workers as a team and not as individuals. I don’t work to put people down and we’re quick to try to solve problems and build people up instead of tearing people down. It’s not always rainbows and sunshine. I have many days that are stressful and tiresome, but I always wake up the next day wanting to head into work.

I’ve spoken with Joe on my career path a lot in the last two years. I wouldn’t say I’m doing what I love right now, but I feel like I’m on the right path. I’ll never make a ton of money. I got a degree in the liberal arts area, so I’m aware of what the financial aspect means. I’m good at living within my means if that means doing a job that I absolutely love. Or at least enjoy.

I couldn’t help but feel sad for my good friend. She deserves so many good things in this life. I told her that it can only go up from here. I felt like I was scraping the bottom of the barrel, but I scratched and clawed my way up. Life is too short to do something that makes us miserable. As Americans, we spend over 40 hours a week at our jobs. That’s a lot of hours to be miserable.

So, do you love what you do? If the answer is no, then go out there and figure out what makes you happy. I never want to be put in that situation again and I certainly wouldn’t wish it for even the worst of enemies.

I hope you all find what you love to do today. And make today a great one!

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