A few years ago, while vacationing in Costa Rica, my husband and I experienced an exhilarating sunset horseback ride. It was cool as heck galloping along the beach, with the sand being kicked up in the air behind us, and feeling the mist of the waves crashing onto the shore beside us.
We both thought the young guy who was guiding us had the most amazing job.
Can you imagine?
His daily work was to care for the horses during the day, and then take tourists out at the end of the day for a sunset horseback ride.
At the end of our sunset journey we thanked him, tipped him and gushed about what a fun job he had.
But, he wasn’t happy with it.
He was a young man in his early 20’s.
He said to us, “I want to go to America to make some real money, and live a better life. Like the life I see on television.”
We told him that, yes, he could have the opportunity to make more money in America, but the cost of living is also very high. Especially, where we lived in New York City.
He didn’t care.
He had one goal… to go to America and make more money.
Later that week we attended our friends wedding.
During happy hour, we bellied up to the bar for some fun tropical cocktails.
The bartender was a transplant who migrated to Costa Rica from Italy.
My husband said, “It must be great tending bar down here in paradise.”
The bartender, wise beyond his 30 years said, “Yes, it certainly is a paradise… for about 6 months. And, then, it is just like every other place in the world. You’ve got to get up, go to work, make money, and pay the bills.”
It doesn’t really matter where you are in the world, America, Italy, Costa Rica, or any other paradise, if you don’t enjoy your work, you’ll get stuck in the daily grind, just making money to pay your bills, every day, for the rest of your life, until you retire, or until you die.
It’s a bleak thought and doesn’t seem fair, does it?
Now granted, there are folks that don’t get stuck in this cycle, but that’s not the majority of people in the world today.
That’s why it’s imperative to heed the wise words of the Buddha, “Do work you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
That doesn’t mean that you won’t have to get up, go to work, and pay your bills. It simply means that if you are doing work you love, it won’t seem or feel like you are grinding away every day until the end of your life.
You will actually be living a life that you enjoy, doing the work that you love.
What you do for work is going to take up a large majority of your day for 20 to 30 or even 40 years.
Something to consider is that all we have in life is time.
I would suggest that you don’t waste your precious time/life doing work just for the money, especially if you don’t enjoy it.
Do something you enjoy, do something that you love, do something that feeds your soul on a deep level.
Now, it’s not an easy task finding work that you love.
What I would suggest is do something that comes naturally and easily to you (writing, singing, mathematics, music, science, crunching numbers, teaching, cooking, healing….) and do that thing, whatever it is.
My sister loves numbers, spreadsheets and math, so being a bookkeeper is a really good fit for her.
For me, putting numbers into spreadsheets would be a nightmare!
I love learning and teaching natural healing knowledge. I’m a health educator and a sponge for all things health-related. I love sharing recipes and food that people can use as medicine. I love inspiring folks to take better care of their health.
So that’s what I do for work. It’s all wrapped up nicely in my Holistic Health Coaching Practice.
So my work, although it is “work” doesn’t seem like a daily grind. And, I spend my days without feeling as though I’m wasting my life away.
Are you doing work that you love?
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.