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Do I hate my job? Do I dread my morning drive, prepare for Ms. Chatty Cathy’s gossip, wait to be yelled at by my boss, and then come home just to repeat it all again?
Or do I wake up every morning, grab that cup of joe, genuinely smile, and head to work? These are questions I needed to ask myself. Based on a quick Google search, roughly 70% of Americans hate their jobs. That is an insanely high percentage! Are you that 70%?
I have two fears that stick out the most in my life. First, is that multiple years will go by and I never had the courage to leave a job that I really didn’t enjoy. Second, I get to the end of my life and realize that I never truly lived. So, I’ve thought up a quote to live by that really suits how I feel about the 9 to 5 job.
“I’d rather be poor and happy versus rich and miserable”
I know I’m young and naive but, I’m not stupid. I know you have to make money to live. Don’t take the quote literally. It just means I don’t want to work my life away. I want to be happy. I want to spend my life doing what I love. I don’t want to keep asking myself, “Do I hate my job?”.
Thankfully, I have found what I love doing. Do you want to know how I know? I can talk about it for hours. I had to start a blog about it for goodness sake! I can’t hold in all of my happiness that I feel for traveling and taking videos. Are you passionate enough about your career that you don’t feel like you’re working when you talk about it?
Comfort zones. This is a big thing for me. I love staying in my comfort zone. This blog is most definitely not in my comfort zone. I made good grades in high school, except for English. Writing is not my strongest area. I’m sure you can tell because I’ve probably missed like 40 commas and was suppose to put a semicolon somewhere over there. But I know that leaving my comfort zone is going to lead me to greater things. That’s how you learn right? I feel like that’s why people stay in the same careers all of their lives because it’s in their comfort zones. They don’t want to leave what they know. It’s been 1 month since I’ve started this blog and I already feel like a whole different person. I haven’t once felt like asking myself, “Do I hate my job?”.
If you are at all interested in traveling full-time, then I have a couple books I’d like to recommend to you: How to Travel the World on $50 a Day and Vagabonding Both of these books opened my mind to what I really wanted in life. They contain loads of information. I’d recommend them for any type of travel too, not only long-term. We all want to travel cheaper, longer and smarter right?
I’ll leave it at this… I’m so happy I’ve found a job I’m passionate about. I hope you don’t find yourself 15 years down the road wishing you would have jumped out of your comfort zone to do something new. Career changes might not seem possible at the age you are at, but usually, that’s just excuses and comfort zones talking. Don’t be scared to go find what you love. Don’t be scared to ask yourself, “Do I hate my job?”.