What do you do for a living?

What do you do?
Recently I’ve met a lot of interesting people.
Just last week I was inspired by Lucky Linda who lectured on finding your life purpose. I’ve met an interior designer who organizes self-improvement courses, a graphic designer who works as inspirator for her colleagues, a doctor who recently published book about diet and nutrition, a hairdresser working as a musician, and an architect who paints pictures.

It may say something about my circle of friends, and I’m proud of it (!), but these meetings also got me thinking about my purpose in life, and what it really means to work. What do you do for a living? we tend to ask when we meet new people. To break the ice certainly, but also to place each other in a predictable box.

Perhaps the way we relate to “work” is changing, because our jobs are getting more flexible in terms of time, workplace and duties. Therefore, I’ve done this thought experiment;

I would like my job to be: something I am passionate about!

So what am I passionate about? Yes, for instance:

  • Photography
  • Travelling
  • Writing books
  • Writing blogposts
  • Taking chances
  • Walks in nature
  • Collaborating with people
  • Helping people to create their dream home
  • Architecture
  • Developing projects
  • Doing yoga
  • Meditation
  • Exercising
  • Having a healthy diet
  • Caring for my family
  • Being a good role model
  • Good conversations
  • Houseprojects
  • Developing a soulful home
  • Learning about eco-architecture and feng shui etc.
  • Reading great books
  • (Perhaps not coincidental my firm is called Versatile …)

    Does the distinction between work and leisure need to be so sharp?

    One consequence could be:
    Listen, I must run because I have an important work meeting – a workout at the gym!

    We work to make a living, and to contribute to society. But there are also less noble reasons such as status, feeling important, getting rich, welfare benefits, and so on … A couple of years ago I jumped off this bandwagon, without knowing what lay ahead. Naturally, I was privileged to have the opportunity to do so, but I also took a risk by focusing on oportunities instead of limitations.

    Today I spend more time doing what I’m passionate about, and for that I’m greatful and proud! However, I sometimes feel guilty for using “working hours” to write on my book, exercise, or meditate, and here I have a potential – to consider this to be part of my job (or life purpose). Feeling guilty is an unneccessary energy drain, unless there is a good reason to have that feeling …

    Moreover, I easily to get distracted by what I should have done, instead of focusing on what I’m actually doing. Multitasking sounds so nice, but it is definitely not for me. I prefer doing one thing at a time with full attention to the task at hand.

    Also, when we spend a little less money than what we earn, we never get flat broke. Doing what I love to do, I contribute to my family welfare and economy. It is just a different perspective.

    So, what do you do?

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