After making the rounds on LinkedIn and Indeed.com and applying for over 200 jobs within a month time period, I had an epiphany. Why do I want a career? Every answer I could come up with was about security, safety, not taking risks, and being comfortable. This was not how I wanted to live my life and I suspect many others would agree. I played it safe for 10 years since my undergraduate degree in accounting and now I am 31 years old with one master degree and a second underway, two dogs, a house, and a good life and yet I was not happy where I was. I wanted more. I wanted much more. I wanted more so badly that I constantly was thinking of ways to improve.
It struck me yet again when I heard a quote Albert Einstein wrote when he visited Japan in 1922 which stated, “A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.” The brilliance of this quote was not lost on me and in that moment I knew something had to change, but what? Should I challenge the status quo, should I quit my life of relative comfort and security? Should I take risks and do something that arises passion? It’s not surprising that such questions wouldn’t yield a response right away but one day it did.
A life of purpose for me was not a 9-5 job, it was not sitting behind a desk, it was not leaving work knowing my week was tied up with deadlines aka stress. My purpose and the way I could live by being true to who I am, was could only happen through continued growth and learning. This meant that I would do many things in my life and possibly never do the same thing like the sound of a broken record. Simply put, my curious nature craves constantly evolving as a person and growing. At first, I thought this was a bad thing due to the cultural conditioning of work. Now I know it is the most liberating feeling I have ever had and my spirits immediately began drawing up dreams to conquer.
It is now crystal clear to me that I get more happiness from growing and improving myself or learning new things than I do the security of a 9-5 job and the stress it brings to bear on the other parts of my life. I had decided that I was going to do something completely crazy and out of the ordinary and I knew this social experiment as my friends called it was a risk. In risking everything, I became who I am now and this is a power that is somewhat intangible and incomprehensible unless you’ve felt it yourself. I know I am powerful and passion sets that power free. I know I can do anything and that is true freedom. Most of all, I know I am happy because I found a way to live my life instead of letting others dictate it for me.
So I say, having a career is stupid! Especially if you are like me then you certainly do not need any convincing in this realization. For those of you out there that disagree or do not see my point, you never will. For some, security is what they value most and that is an amazing feeling of belonging in itself, just not for me. I value growth and my measure of success is not the size of my house, the price of my car, or the brand of my watch, it is the joy I spread to others and the joy I receive from living life my way regardless of the criticism and or praise that comes my way.
Thank you! I hope everyone here at the bare minimum questions what is important in their life and holds judgment on others living their lives.