Inspiration: Do What You Love

Do What You Love

Over the weekend, I read an article in The Australian Financial Review by Alexandra Tselios about the way we approach our work and set boundaries between work and other areas of our lives. The first few paragraphs in particular caught my eye as Tselios wrote about the inevitable ‘Happy Friday’, ‘Happy Hump Day’ and ‘Ugh, it’s Monday!’ comments we hear each week.

“I really don’t understand the disappointment felt when Sunday night comes to an end,” Tselios wrote. “Similarly, Fridays don’t really mean ‘countdown till wine-o’clock’ for me, it is simply another part of my week; and being a grown-up, I can technically have a glass of wine any time I like. Do I feel anxious about Mondays? No. Do I feel overly excited about Friday 5pm? No.”

A little further down in the article, Tselios wrote a sentence which resonated particularly deeply with me:

“It seems a shame that emotions and mood can be determined simply by what day it is, especially as each new day is inevitable and out of our control.”

I  agree wholeheartedly with her. I don’t want to spend each Sunday experiencing the ‘Sunday night blues’ or subconsciously counting down each minute of the weekend, secretly dreading the coming of Monday. I don’t want to have to dread the start of my week or count down the rest of the week till Friday and I certainly don’t want to have to go through life with the mindset that only two days out of five each week will count as good days, happy days, the days where I truly live.

And the thing is I don’t think a lot of us feel this way. Most of us don’t hate our jobs or whatever it is we do that takes up most of our time each week. But we’ve fallen so deeply into this culture of ‘Mondays bad, weekends awesome’ that we do it almost automatically. Each Monday, I walk into work to say good morning, only to be greeted by some workmate or the other saying, “Yeah, it can’t be that good a morning if we’re at work!” This is said facetiously, yet I don’t think we realise just how much what we say, even if it is a joke, gets ingrained into our psyche.

Many people have already began to realise just how much of an impact negative chatter, both mentally and verbally, can have on our outlook on life, our mental wellbeing and our productivity, and have begun ways to counter this. Doing a quick search on Google will point you out to many sites that offer suggestions for beating the ‘Sunday night blues’, including scheduling little fun activities or treats to look forward to throughout the weekdays, ensuring we get plenty of rest on the weekend, creating a relaxing Sunday ritual or spending a couple of hours on Sundays to prepare for the week ahead.

Now: that being said, are workdays really that bad that we need to do this?

I completely understand that for some people, a bad work environment might be something you cannot avoid – for example, being stuck in a job you hate yet having to suck it up because of various reasons such as there aren’t any other jobs around or this might be a stepping stone onto something bigger and better in the future. I’ve been there in that situation myself! However, if none of that applies to you and you still find yourself dreading and hating each coming Monday, perhaps it’s time to start asking yourself a few questions, namely: “Why do I hate my job so much?” and “If I do hate it so much, is it really worth spending 80% of my life at this place?”

Life is simply too short not to spend it doing something you love, something you feel passionate about, that gets you throwing back the covers each morning, excited to start the day. When we love our jobs, we will give 100% to it and it will give 100% back to us in return. When we love the work we do, it makes it that much easier to tackle the boring little tasks and the drawbacks and failures that are all an inevitable part of any career or project in life, and to push on in spite of these obstacles. When we love doing what we do, other people will notice the passion and fire and joy within us and that in turn will speak to them and inspire them to do what they love as well.

So don’t do what you do to please others or to please the status quo or because you’re afraid of the possible failures in life. Instead do what you do because you love it. In short, do what you love because life is too short for anything else.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hello, thank you for ‘getting it’. Lovely blog.
    Alexandra Tselios.

    • MarilynChin

      Thanks, Alexandra! And thanks for all your great articles too 🙂 and for bringing The Big Smoke to us!

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