It’s a given, most of us work because we have to. If we had the opportunity most of us would gladly never have to work again and only work when we wanted to. I assume the majority of society does not do what they love for a living. I had always hoped I would do what I love for a living and I do, it’s just not what I get paid for.
What I live for is writing and photography. Writing is my way of expressing what is inside of me, whether it’s humor, pain or just random thoughts. Photography is my way of expressing what I see in the world, sharing my world with others. I love blogging because I can do both of these everyday, it’s a great release and makes having to work more bearable.
I try not to think too much about wanting to be home everyday (although it certainly happens) because I don’t want to think 10 hours of my day were thrown away because I had to work. I don’t want to always be thinking about Friday or the weekend because I hate to waste my life completely because of my 9 to 5 job.
Ask anyone who knows me well, I’m not an optimist. I don’t think this way because I want to or because it’s natural but because I have to. If I don’t make myself find more to life everyday then the weeks all pass by in a blur of mindless moments. I’ve been there before and it sucks you in.
On an average work day I spend 2-3 hours in traffic, sort faxes, sort mail, sort more mail, type up letters, go to meetings that are pointless, drop off mail, have a one hour lunch break, respond to work emails, fill out forms, fill out databases, research stuff and lots of other very boring and tedious stuff.
To find ways to enjoy my day I might write something (a post or a story or just thoughts), post something (usually written ahead of time), read other blogs and comment, start a mini project idea to work on later, post a quote I found, go for a walk and take pictures, share my photography on flickr and enjoy others, write a list for later, make plans, or just anything that might make me laugh or smile for a moment. Even just a brief moment here or there before I have to get back to the task at hand.
If I don’t do these things every once and a while I find I lose perspective. We only get one life and it’s a shame to waste it all waiting for the weekend.