Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Spring Musings On Life and Work

Spring is here in full bloom and the days are getting milder and sunnier. It's quite nice, and I find it hard not to feel a bit lighter when I walk around outside on my way to work.

The newspapers, however, are full of doom and gloom. There are articles on anxiety management for kids, someone trying to sell their child, and how to make the most of severance pay when you lose your job. A recent call to update a friend on my trip lead to an update from her on how she was laid off from work. It wasn't all bad though, the shock of losing her job made her re-evaluate her life and career, and she planned to make a switch and go back to school to become a nurse. I was really happy for her, despite the job loss. It's so important to have a job that gives your life meaning, and there's always a need for good nurses. I think she'll make a fabulous nurse.

Her situation made me think of my life and whether my life and work was meaningful too.

I have one friend that works as an elementary school teacher and she is always so excited and happy about her job and her students. It was always her dream to be a teacher, and she seems to garner so much joy from having achieved that goal! Another friend of mine would normally hate her job, but she makes good money so she doesn't mind as much. I guess we're all motivated by different things, and when we get that motivation, we don't care as much how much it costs to get it. But when that motivation is gone...? Uh oh.

How about you? How do you feel about your job and your life situation? Are you happy?

6 comments:

Cherry Tart Design said...

Great post. I lost my job a year and a half ago. At first it was upsetting and unsettling but it did make me re-evaluate life and I have been so much happier doing what I'm doing now.

Thank you for sharing.

:::ZebraLilly::: said...

I feel OK about things. I'm a student about to graduate, and I have no idea what's next for me. I want to pursue my own business but family member and my sub-consious are telling me to use my college degree. Its impossible to find a job out there, though. Ahhh, what to do what to do...
Great blog :)

Totally Timmy said...

I am making a huge change this summer. Basically starting over..it is scary but I am ready!

Chickenbells said...

It's been crazy trying to keep balance right now with everything going on...which is why I only catch 30 minutes of news/day on the cross trainer at the gym...that's it for me. Otherwise, I get too upset.

I am OK in my life, about as OK as I was before...I am still moving through personal things, but I found that I still love my work...maybe even more than before. It's the steady constant in my life that is fun and new every day...

I am indeed lucky!

mushroommeadows said...

I'm totally in the same situation as ZebraLilly. Argh. :) Hopefully things will start to get a little brighter soon!

Joanne Shin said...

I've always been afraid to be on my own and being able to find a career. You remember right Marie, all those long talks over the phone way back when.

My job/career doesn't pay much but I'm really liking it. It's soo fun talking to clients and doing their nails for them. So far so good for me. heheh And with the raise I'm hoping the money will go up.