Why 9 to 5’s Aren’t That Bad

It’s OK to have a job that you don’t feel passionate about. I know, I know there are a million people out there that will disagree with me and say that I am wasting my life away sitting at a desk job all day long. I know this because I can hear them from here. Well, I’m here to say that it’s fine to not be passionate about your job.

How does someone like me with very little experience in the corporate environment know this you ask? First because I am an old person stuck in a young persons body and feel like I have lived very many lives and second because I thought I made a huge mistake when I took my first full time job. I didn’t think corporate world was for me so I started researching other options.

But, nothing sounded good to me. I am a realist so I knew that I couldn’t pet dogs all day and make a million dollars, but although if anyone hears about an open position, I have resumes on stand by and a killer elevator pitch for why I would be the best candidate for the job.

What I quickly realized was that I had to reevaluate what I really wanted in my life and what kind of goals I had. I have always had a passion for travel, but never really had the means to do so. But, now I have this new ability because of my job. I get paid time off! I get to enjoy travelling and lead a fulfilling life because my job allows me that freedom.

The reason that working a 9 to 5 gets such a bad rep is because people attribute their lack of personal fulfillment to not being passionate about their jobs.

You don’t have to be passionate about your job, but you do have to be passionate about something in order to feel fulfilled.  

My hobbies outside of work are what give me fulfillment. Being able to spend time with my family and friends and take ski trips and read enriching books; this is what I am passionate about. Not spreadsheets, debits, credits, or accounting and finance. I do however, take my job very seriously though and continually want to improve, but I am not trying to balance my assets and liabilities in my free time! I’m skiing down a freshly coated snow hill or I’m enjoying time with my family.

I have no desire to go about my life on auto pilot and wake up, go to work, watch TV, make dinner, go to sleep and do it all over again. I do things outside of work that spark my creativity and I encourage you all to do the same. Not sure what you are passionate about? Try new things. Join a bowling league, a bible study, learn calligraphy, take pictures– the list is inexhaustible.

Just don’t blame your job for the reason you are not fulfilled or why you are not happy with your life. Sometimes a job is just a way to make money and that’s OK. I think society sometimes makes us feel like failures because we don’t have these awesome jobs that we feel passionate about. My job allows me to travel, have a nice dinner, and soon a new house to share with someone I love dearly and to me, that’s enough. Change your attitude and how you perceive the world around you. Really understand what you want out of your life what your passions are and live through those. Your job is not what defines you.

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