There’s a saying out there that goes, “love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life,” and this quote makes complete sense to me. Merriam Webster defines work as an “activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something.” I don’t know about you, but that definition doesn’t seem particularly pleasant to me. For many of us, we go to our job and we toil all day to make money so that we can afford to keep living the lifestyle that we’ve been living, but there are some people out there who wake up everyday and go to the job that they work at because they love doing it. And for these people, the money that they get for coming into their jobs becomes an added bonus instead of the soul incentive for coming into work. For them, their job isn’t work because when your job is your passion it doesn’t seem laborious to you because you love what you do.
It would be great if everybody in the world could wake up everyday and go to a job where they could do what they loved, but that’s not the story for many of us. Some of us have a passion, but for whatever reason, we haven’t been able to make a career out of it. But just because we haven’t been able to do that yet, doesn’t mean that we have to stop pursuing what we love to do. If you haven’t found a way to make money doing what you love, then do what you love in your free time. Set a side a set time each day, even if it’s only for a few minutes, to do something that will make you happy.
If you like to sing then make sure you do it everyday.
If you like to write then make sure you do that everyday.
If you like to paint then take some time out of your day to do that.
If you enjoy making our planet a more sustainable place for us to live then make sure that you go out and do it.
If giving back to your community is your passion then find time to work doing that into your schedule.
Even if you have to get up five days out of the week going to a job that you dread, coming home and being able to do something that you love to do may end up giving you a more positive experience at your job. If everyday after work you plan on coming home and doing something that truly makes you happy, then your work days can end up going by faster because of the anticipation that you have for whatever passion is awaiting you when you get home. And if you’re spending time doing something that you love to do, even if it is just for a little while, then it may start to have a positive impact on your mood in general.
And if you don’t want to initially commit to doing something everyday that makes you happy, then try only doing that thing that you love to do a few times out of the week. Going from zero to one hundred is a lot to ask, so if you don’t think that you can shave out enough time from your week to do something that makes you happy everyday then don’t worry about it. If you start out doing it a couple of days out of the week and you notice a change for the better in yourself then you can increase your activity more and more until you find yourself doing something that you genuinely love to do every single day of the week.
And if you’re still hesitant about trying it out positive thinker then think about this…
If going through your life doing something that you don’t like everyday can put a damper on your mood, even when you’re not actively engaged in the thing that you hate doing, then couldn’t doing something that you love to do everyday start to brighten your mood, even when you’re not actively participating in the activity that makes you happy?
Life is way too short positive thinker to go around doing things that you don’t love to do, so you should make time to go out and do those things you love. We weren’t put on this earth to walk around feeling sad and gloomy all the time; we were put here so that we could make the best of our lives and partake in some happiness along the way. Happiness is within your reach positive thinker, you just have to be bold enough to go out there and grab it.
So, “take time to do what makes your soul happy.”
You deserve it!