Two years now into my retirement, I’m learning something about passions and work life. For most of my time in the corporate working world, I liked my job, but it was always a leap away from what my heart yearned to do. Now that I’m retired, I’m completely living my dream and experiencing happiness that I never realized while I was working. My inquiring mind steps in to explore what that’s all about.
There are people in this world who are fortunate enough to be in this place during their earning years. And there are a good many of us who set our passions aside in favor of having a place to live, eat, and clothes to wear because our passions don’t quite pay the bills. I honor those of you who have found the sweet spot between your earnings and your passion. During my earning years, I didn’t know how to do that. I was so afraid to give it time to seed and grow that I paid the bills and back-burned my passions.
I experimented with weaving my passions creatively into my work life, but it was never the same. During the 40+ hours a week I spent working, I put my heart and soul into it. Now though, in my ‘happy place’ and retired after 44 years in the workforce, living my dream, I wonder how to help people get here sooner than I did. I’m sure there are countless people in the world wondering about the same thing, perhaps from different perspectives.
I wanted to put a spotlight on this for those of you who are still in the ‘earning’ part of your lives. If you are a person who wants to learn from experience, hear this: never abandon your heart! I’m inviting you to be sure there is a balance between living comfortably and living from your soul. The peace that comes from that is indescribable! May your passions live comfortably with your work – this is my wish for you!