I don’t appreciate this kind of pressure.
I think life is plenty long. Too long, some would say. Hella long.
In the so-called best case scenario, barring the unfortunate accident or senseless tragedy, I’m about halfway through this life. And if I live that long, I will likely spend a huge chunk of that time working. Another 10,000 days on the job, give or take. Does that seem short to you?
I call bullshit on this one, too.
And I call your attention back to the 10,000 or more days of work you’re probably staring at. I don’t care what you do for a living, it’s never NOT work. Even getting paid to rub oil on Channing Tatum is going to get old… eventually. And the more you love and care about what you’re doing, the harder you need to work for it.
So I decided it’s time to put on my big girl pants and suck it up!
I’ve stopped waiting and started a difficult but exciting transition in my business. Avoiding change by coasting by on the comfort of things that were easy to reach is no longer an option for me. I pulled that rug out from under myself!
As the sole soul behind my global empire, I am entirely free to design my workweek as I like it. So I’ve spent January facing tough decisions, leading me to part ways with a few clients and colleagues. These are people I deeply respect and appreciate, and with whom I have enjoyed working for the past two years. But sometimes you have to leave even the good things behind, to make room for something new to enter your life. This month, I’m actively preparing, clearing room to receive it when the right opportunity knocks.
It turns out, what’s been lacking in my work is not the control or freedom I craved when I chose this solopreneur life, but rather my focus on deriving any meaningful reward from the work I have chosen. (Forget the paycheck. I said meaningful.) So as I move beyond Jude of All Trades (with gratitude) to the newly launched CONTENT/POST/REPEAT, my intent is to surround myself with people whose work helps other people live healthier, less stressful lives. It’s my attempt to be vicariously prosocial.
The way to remain committed to your work is to find the meaning in it.
Here’s the harsh truth: If you don’t like your situation at work — or anywhere in your life — then you can change it. Don’t tell me you can’t. Can’t lives on Won’t Street. If you’re stuck in an unfulfilling situation, remember, nobody wants to hear you bitch about it. They would, however, love the chance to celebrate with you after you made a change. And life is too long not to fill it with things worth celebrating.
It may take a while for the space I’ve cleared to fill back up with whatever opportunities the universe has in store. That’s okay. I’m already breathing easier since I put on the right size pants.