How many people love their job?

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I know people who love their jobs.  They’re like unicorn shit but they do exist.  They talk about feeling valued and/or giving something back.  So, I’m asking, on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being Dalai Lama happy with what you’ve got, do you love your job?

I don’t think I ever truly loved any of the jobs I did for a collection of reasons.  But the most important reason of all, which I have to take complete responsibility for is; I fell into IT rather than consciously chasing after a career in IT.

In short, I’ve not been taking responsibility for my own destiny.  I’ve been allowing the decisions of others, often people I didn’t like or respect, determine where I went next.  And my job is eating into more than 1/3rd of my life.

Four years ago I said, ‘Bollocks to that’ and became a contractor.  I stopped trying to climb the corporate ladder and sold my soul for the money.  And damn it was good for a while.  The novelty of not having to get sucked into the political bull-shit that goes on in most (probably every) company or public sector.

But it wasn’t enough of a change.  I’m still working in IT, and that was never where I found my joy.  My joy is in being creative.  I’ve been writing since I can remember.  Creating stories was such a leading reason I studied Animation.  And I went on to do an Archaeology and Classics degree because I wanted subject matter to feed my worlds.  I mean seriously, what better way to do that than through our ancient and classical history.

So what do you do when you hate 1/3rd of your life?


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