When I left school, the received wisdom was that one should try to stay in one’s job as long as possible. By the time I left university, there had been a definite shift; I heard comments from my peers along the lines of, ‘I’ve been with this company over a year now, it’s time to start looking around’. What is de rigeur now? For me, I am limited first and foremost, by me.
To clarify, I am very lucky, I know this. I work from home, I am able to choose clients I love working with, I choose my hours, I love my work…but something is missing, an extra dimension. I read an article today on women who reached ‘a certain age’ and completely changed their lives, from vicar to stand-up comedienne, from business owner to florist etc. I don’t want to do that, I love writing content, but I do want to find an additional use for my words that is enjoyable, and benefits society. I need to make a positive impact in the world.
My children have grown up, now is surely ‘my time?’ If I were to follow my dream I would launch the business idea I have sat on for the past 40 years but found myriad reasons for why it’s not a ‘good time’ (OK I am scared, ridiculous because I know it’s ‘got legs’). Alternatively, there’s the dream of working in a monkey sanctuary in some far off place, there’s always that. I have acquired skills in the last few years, sadly my skills aren’t particularly useful to monkeys. Perhaps that’s something I can do once I have retired from ‘official’ work. In the mean-time, we have adopted Silvestre, an orphaned orangutan. Ready? Here he is…
Follow Your Dreams
If you were to follow your dreams, where would you be? What would you be doing? If you don’t do it, will you look back and wish you had? ‘What if?’ Which is worse? Failure, or failure to try? In an ideal work-life balance, we all have time to do what we love, and love what we do. Life isn’t always ideal, but we can take positive steps to make our lives (and those of the people around us), more enjoyable and rewarding.
Clearly, if you are enjoying your work you’ll feel happier and perform better; life improves. In your ideal work-life balance, what would your life be? What changes could you make easily to bring you closer to that goal? If you do feel a change is required…At work this week, could you make three changes that improve your work life?
I would love to hear from you, human stories are often the most inspiring of all.