When I found inner peace and practiced mindfulness, I realized that every job has a touch of magic and mundane. There are destinations and journeys and you never truly arrive. With that knowledge came the freedom to do what I wanted when I wanted to. For the most part anyway.
I grew up in the Midwest where work is king. Your job, the tasks you do daily and where you went to school define you. The goal is to enjoy your one full time job, that usually consumes 10+ hours a week and use what little time you have left to do activities that relax you or actually make you happy. I didn't think there was any other format. But then I moved to southern California.
Many of the women my age who I crossed paths with applied this same format of all work and very little play when I got here. But with the warm weather year round, the distance from my passive aggressive family, the mobile mentality, and less pressure to fit into a professional box (who wants to wear a suit and tie in the hot sun?), something shifted. I dabbled with being a business owner, a therapist for Department of Mental Health, a preschool teacher, an infant massage instructor, a babysitter and now potentially a teacher for an after school program among other things.
This idea of finally "making it" or "growing up" when you have one full time job now feels unnatural to me. My days are abundantly full with many activities that I equally take very seriously and could easily laugh off if need be. I am not attached to my work or my play in the way I was before.
When I found inner peace and practiced mindfulness, I realized that every job has a touch of magic and mundane. There are destinations and there are journeys and you never truly arrive. With that knowledge came the freedom to do what I wanted when I wanted to. For the most part anyway. Does that mean that I stopped paying my bills and taking care of my responsibilities? The opposite happened.
With my many different jobs, I have the money to be an adult. I also have the time to be a kid as much as I want. More importantly, I get to do all of the things I love, and I do other things too. So what about those responsibilities that I can never really become excited about? What I've found: If you don't enjoy it, do it less, but do it more often. Does that make sense? Put another way, less duration, more frequency. For example, I dislike doing the dishes. So I do them everyday for 10 minutes instead of every other day for 1 hour. Fall into what you love and fall into what you don't love too!