Find Your Happiness

What about your work, do you enjoy the best? Is it the people? The challenges? The stories? What about the ever-evolving changes that you may or may not encounter? Is your job a repetitive type of position, or does it allow for new opportunities to be explored? Is there an opportunity to grow within your job, or do you have the dead-end position that makes you dread going to work? If you aren’t working, are you able to get any volunteer work? Do you live on disability? No matter what type of work we all engage in, it’s imperative that we have fun with our jobs. Every single one of us changes each day. Our skills grow and get weaker all at the same time. If we don’t use our skills, they become weaker, and if we are using those skills regularly, they become stronger.

I’ve always heard that “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Okay. That’s great. But what if you are among the millions of people who struggle with finding what you love? I love to write, but it’s not a career path for me. At least not at this point in my life. I haven’t discovered that prominent role in my future. That’s okay. As long as I keep writing and doing things I love, that’s all that matters to me. Each of us must find things that help us in our struggles to be happy. What’s right for one person isn’t right for another.

Without getting political, I believe that our society has different issues that mean different things to different groups. Where one group may be lacking in one area, another may be thriving. When decisions are made that affect people’s lives, there is often little to no consideration of how it will affect people. That’s why we all must find things in our lives that make us happy. We have a responsibility to ourselves and each other to treat those around us with kindness. If you disagree with someone’s views, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It just means that you are affected differently. You may see things in a different scope than those around you. Differences are what make this world stronger. Unity and division are becoming the norm for society. What distresses me most is that those who disagree with mainstream media are vilified.

I have loved volunteering with various organizations over the years. COVID has made volunteering with any of them challenging. Gone are the days that people can congregate in large crowds without the fear of virus attacks. Everyone is expected to wear masks and protect themselves and each other from COVID. Many jobs have been routed to work from home. Schools are juggling with in-house learning as well as off-campus remote learning. We are all being pushed to our limits.

I watch many of your posts and am inspired by the poetry, the stories, and the heartfelt writings you convey. I enjoy trying out the varieties of dishes, the life-hacks, and the new job opportunities that many of you have spoken about. One of the reasons I chose to go back to school was working on my computer skills. Age discrimination is less of a factor when working with computers. If you are proficient at a keyboard and can navigate your way through coding and programs, you become a hot commodity for companies. The downside to the world of social media is that it is constantly evolving. What was hot one day has fizzled the next, and it’s important to keep up with the latest trends.

My current job allows me to meet a variety of people from all walks of life. Some of my customers are easy-going, while others are high maintenance. There are days I love and loathe my job. I’m not too fond of it when it’s so slow that the day seems like it will never end. Sure, I find things to do, but sometimes the silence is overbearing. If I could take my laptop anywhere during the day and write, I wouldn’t know where to start. Sometimes I would love to spend an afternoon starting at a winery and ending up on a bike ride through the mountains. The beach could be calling my name, and I would find a way to lose myself in the waves crashing along the sand. I love my job because it allows me to engage with customers who come in to talk about storage. Creating opportunities for myself with issues that I love and care about has allowed me the unique position to find things I’m passionate about and love.

We all have hobbies. Some people like to engage in busking, which is the art of street performing. Artists like Tones and I enjoy this craft and have managed to make a living doing what they love. Her act got so big that it took her off the streets, but she has mentioned in many interviews that she loves busking. You don’t have to make a fortune to find ways to be happy in your jobs. Whatever your role in life may be, I hope you find the happiness that dwells inside you. I hope each day brings a smile to your face and opportunities that change your life for the better.

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