I am currently at a workshop for my job, and in front of my seat at the table was a flyer that says to “follow your dreams”. It was meant as encouragement for the faculty, but for many of us, this job is no longer a part of the dream we want to follow. For me, this sweet little encouragement allows my mind to begin to wander and think about the things that I actually want to do. I want to be in my home office, or at a park, or at a hippy coffee shop writing for my blog, or even on the many book ideas I have floating around in my head. There are so many other things I want to do creatively instead of having to encourage others to embrace their creativity.
It is so challenging, just to be present right now. At the moment, we are supposed to be discussing our goals, but my table is talking about things that really matter in our lives and important issues going on in the world like: Will and Grace, Once Upon a Time, Stranger Things (I was feeling as if I was in the Upside Down), and recalling the 90s when cell phones were not a necessity. To paraphrase the infamous words of former Seattle Seahawks player and current Oakland Raiders player, Marshawn Lynch, “We are all here so we don’t get fined”. This day is one of our contractual days and we are expected to enjoy being life-long learners right now. I don’t mind being a life-long learner with topics that are interesting to me. (Lord of the Rings lore, Game of Thrones lore, Harry Potter background info, make-up tutorials, natural hair tutorials, biblical history, why God truly is Good even in the midst of it looking as if He’s not in control, and soooo much more.)
The holidays are coming (which is totally awesome), so half of the year is kinda-almost over. I am so trying to take this one day at a time, so as to not get overwhelmed, but when your career wants you to be thinking about goals for the year and what can be done to help you reach that goal, you have no choice but to begin thinking about more than just 1 day at a time.
I don’t know if other people in other careers feel this way, but this 10th year that I am in has had me to reevaluate a few things. So many people go to jobs they don’t care for because that is the only option they have to gain money for survival. We all work to survive, I get it. It just seems more enjoyable to “work” at what you like…celebrities do it all the time.