Article by Wendy McCance
My husband loves video games. When he needs to kick back and relax, there is nothing better than a game to get him energized. Any stress falls away and he is left with a feeling of satisfaction. I was talking to him about his latest game during a moment when he had stopped playing to stretch his legs and refill his drink.
He was so enthusiastic about his latest game that he couldn’t stop talking about it. He was fussy wanting to get back to playing and even though it was late in the evening, he decided to stay up a bit longer to see if he could tackle the game a bit more.
It occurred to me that what he was experiencing was how I feel daily about my writing career. I get so wrapped up in what I am doing that time just flies by. If I have the opportunity to talk with someone about what I am working on, I can easily go on and on because I feel so passionately about it. Writing for me is the best feeling. It puts me in an incredibly good mood, expands my creativity and makes me feel like nothing is impossible. Overall, I would say that it’s a truly empowering experience. This is what it feels like to find your true calling in life.
I remember many years where I was testing out different career paths and wondering, is this it? Is this the job I am excited enough about that I can spend a lifetime doing this? There were many jobs throughout the years that fascinated me for a time, but picturing a lifetime of that career was never that thrilling to me. There were lots of doubts and plenty of moments where I was sure I would never find that thing that I was supposed to be doing.
Lucky for me, I never gave up the search. It was well worth it to dive in to writing. A brand new field that I was trying out much later in my life. Honestly, you are never too old to try something new.
My days are filled with enthusiasm. I feel like I get to play all day. It’s easy to bounce out of bed in the morning and start my working day. It’s much harder to officially call it a night. I feel obsessed and don’t want to stop. Writing makes me feel free. Why would I want to quit at the end of the day when I am enjoying what I am doing so much? Sure, life steps in and I do need to do other things, but I feel blessed. I get to spend my days doing what I love most.
What about you? Are you looking to find your true calling or have you found the job that you could do happily until you decide to retire? Do you have wishes of exploring a brand new career? Let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.
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