Adam here. I saw this post on Facebook today and it got me thinking, is this a correct way of looking at your career, potential career or life? For someone who has struggled for a long time now with working out what I am wanting to do with my life and what it is that truly makes me happy, this post went both ways for me until i thought about it a little more.
On one hand I agree that getting a job and focussing on it and trying to be the best at that, is a great thing to strive towards. You have a career and you should be happy that you are earning enough to survive and carry on in this world. It may not be what you want to do, but it is something. As it says in the post, you can always quit and be no worse off than you are. As you get older in life it becomes a big and more prevalent option to take than that of pursuing your dream job or sometimes happiness.
But what happens when you get stuck doing this job day in, day out with no way of escaping. It is easy to become entrapped and snared in job, that it becomes comfortable, easy and like clock work. You become so tangled in this job that you don’t even realise the time passing by. Days turn to Months and Months turn to years. I myself have been in this position and i was miserable. People would say “Yes the job is terrible, but at least you have a job and are earning money” These people were partially true, but as i found the longer i stayed at the job, the quicker my happiness left and the worse my outlook on life became. This is why i think that there is such thing as the “right” career, but the “right” career for you at that point in your life. If that career is right for you for the rest of your life than you are lucky, if not then i believe you need to change before it damages you. The values you learn and your beliefs will make up you as a person but i do not believe it can sway your happiness as much as the right career or job can.
I am a firm believer in following my dreams and that i have the potential to be whatever i want to be, this is the way i was brought up. That is why i find myself on the fence with this post. I am constantly looking at bettering myself and looking for that next chapter in my life that will bring me happiness and make me feel complete. The photo says to stop worrying about happiness, and i think that is wrong. In life you should always do what makes you happy no matter the circumstance. Happiness is a career. It is part of your life that makes up a huge portion and dictates the way in which you live. If you are unhappy with your career, you and your life will reflect this. As Jim Carrey said in one of his speeches “you can fail at what you don’t want to do, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love” I believe this can be translated into this argument and makes me side more against the message of this post.
Thanks for reading and i would love to know what you think and what your opinions are on this.