My Dad loved his work.
I always thought that was normal. The world is big enough…and diverse enough…that I believe a man can work at practically anything he loves and make a decent living at it. The key is passion.
That said, I sort of stumbled into my career. I’ve liked it…I’ve loved it. But it’s changed, and lately it seems I’m just going through the motions.
I’m intensly passionate about my home life…I can’t even articulate my feelings for my wife of 19 years…they’ve never dimmed…and I enjoy the projects we elected to tackle together. The Old Vic is an amazing, challenging, and fun project…and our 100+ year old building on the square is a cool and facinating project as well. Big plans. Big dreams.
And we don’t just dream. We DO!
Other passions…no less strong, some perhaps stronger than others:
–Riding. Heh…you’d think the years and the miles…or maybe even the pain…would have dimmed the desire.
–Writing. Somehow crafting the world that I see…that I experience…into something others can understand and perhaps even feel.
–Family. Friends. A day with them at the movies…or lazing around the couch just chatting…or working on something. All good.
–Art. The doing. The viewing. The discovering.
–Flying. Skiing. Machines. Materials. Wood. Metal. Fire. Stone. Creation! The synergy between man and his machines…the tangible soul he imparts to his endeavors.
Will there ever be enough time?
Passion. It drives me. It moves me. It inspires me.
But not for my work…I’m not burned out…the work itself has changed. I’ve found I’ve only stayed for the money. Oh, I still do the job…I’m still dedicated…AND good at it.
But I’ve stayed for the money…and that…somehow…just seems wrong.
Well, ‘wrong’ seems the…heh…wrong word…perhaps ‘tragic’?
Should my home life be enough? Or should a man be *allowed* to be passionate about his work as well?
Don’t get me wrong…I’ve paid my dues. We ALL do things we don’t want to do at times…but should that be the norm?
Passion as principle. I’ve touched on this before…and often meant to write more extensivly about the merits…and the costs. Maybe I will someday.
But for now…what about you? What do you do for a living? Are you passionate about it?
edit: I posted this in several places, and am getting a lot of interesting and well thought out responses…so next week or so I’ll post an article summary of the responses/gist and my conclusions. Thanks for commenting!