Gaining a sense of security in a word that is in constant turmoil is not easy. Particularly when you want this sense of safety to stem from your own creation rather than settling in with any job that comes along. It seems to me that it is a challenge for us all.
Most people never even get in touch with and an understanding of their own needs of creative self-expression through various activities. One of these would surely provide -i n the long run – a sense of security but we too soon settle with anything that seems to give us the funds to fulfill our immediate needs.
How about long term (job) satisfaction though? Most young people in their early 30’s I know of are already mortgaged up to their eyeballs and have at least one kid on the way to ensure their slavery for the next 20 years to come. They have no other choices left but paying the bills. Neither do they have the time and energy to discover their options for fulfilling and meaningful ‘money-making-schemes’.
Staying unsettled in an ever changing world is hard because we are assumed to be responsible and contributing citizens. However, finding the way to keep on searching until we find contentment
in our daily life and activities is a giant win. Living a life created by our passions and inherent abilities is the most satisfying way of living.
Recently, I saw a film about a young man – Sean Aiken – who took on aprx. 50 different jobs in order to gain insight into his talents, weaknesses and interests. HE was in search for his passions. His story assured me once again that journeying for meaning is worth the time and effort. Looking for and finding meaningful endeavours is the greatest achievement we can attain. Not everyone is born to become the next Virgin-Branson entrepreneur genius. Regardless, we can still create a life that expresses who we truly are and communicates our valued treasures.
I have never settled. I keep on moving. I chose to engage. I stay involved until the project/job/collaboration is meaningful and fulfilling for all parties involved. When it is done,
I am willing to let go and open to new adventures.
See intro talk to the film here
Sean Aiken – Finding Your Passion
Sean Aiken discusses his 52-week job project, wherein he worked a different job every week for a year to find his passion. Here he shares what he learned from his year of collecting experience and advice, emphasizing that the important thing is not to find just a job but to discover our true gifts and our life’s work.
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