The more you know the better
I’ve been working in some of the most corporate environments since the age of 18 years old (I’m currently 31 years old), yet as far as I can tell, I’m an extremely creative person, so I think it’s safe to say after 13 years in office environments most people’s soul’s would be destroyed, but I can confidently say mine is still intact. I’m not sure who or what is to blame for that, but I will try my best to explain.
As I write this article, I’m listening to a musician by the name of Kelvin Mockingbird. He’s a native American Indian who plays the flute his forebears provided, and what a magical experience every song is to listen to. Meditation music has never sounded so good, but it’s music itself that has been instilled within me since a considerably young age, and throughout the years whilst I have been working my 9–5 jobs, music has helped me to get through most days, regardless of how tough, dark or impossible, and despite some of my colleagues’ best efforts to deflate me or talk negatively about the future, whether mine or not, I have continued to remain optimistic and positive.
One way or another, some of us end up in a job we don’t like and most definitely don’t want. Whichever job it may be, we do them because we need the money, not because they make us happy, which is exactly the situation I find myself in. Not only that, but some, if not all of us, have a skill and/or talent, whether discovered or not, that we should be spending our time and energy on rather than wasting it elsewhere. My passions are to write, act, imagine and create ideas, which usually always results in me asking myself ‘’why am I not doing these things as a career?’’.
I used to laugh at the people who would say ‘’always have a goal’’, because I never took them seriously. However, as time has gone on, the laughing, in that respect, has ceased to exist. Like most people, I was cocky, arrogant and a know it all in my twenties, and I always thought I had the time to steer things in the direction I wanted them to whenever I saw fit. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up like that, and although I’m expressing myself through writing via this article, I’m cutting it extremely close to never making my life what I want it to be.
General human behaviour is to become attached to specific ways of living and working, and most of the time things can become set in stone as you approach particular age brackets. If you were to think about it, it’s completely normal. Other priorities may take over, and if not, you typically become comfortable in a ridged and predictable way of life. More or less you know what you’re going to get, so you don’t have to prepare or stress. Some people tend to ignore their calling or are happy to put it to one side, but if you truly believe you were made to do something far greater than what you’re currently doing, especially if it’s in an oppressive, corporate world, then focus on what that is and start taking the steps towards it.
Take the time to do what you love and put into practice the things that make you happy. If you don’t, all you will end up doing is the things you normally do, such as working and winding down. For the past year, during my breaks at work, I write reviews for my website or an article for Medium, because I know my family life takes precedence the moment I walk through my front door, and it’s also important to do something fun on top of it all. Sure, you can sit at your desk, wondering what went wrong and whether you will ever escape, or, you can use your spare time writing what you love to write about, planning what you’re going to do when you leave work, or quite simply doing the things you need to in the ever present moment.
As the old saying goes, time waits for no man (or woman, or person) so never forget who you are and what makes you tick, no matter how busy you become. It’s too easy to be enveloped in your typical daily routine, working for the CEO or board of directors, helping to keep their engine running, but what about your machine? What about your engine? You’re not alive forever, and before you know it life has passed you by. Don’t get bogged down or deflated by either your workplace or the people that inhabit them. Be polite, yet stick up for yourself and your beliefs, always be yourself, but never forget what your passions are, and focus on how you can get to that point where it can financially support you. Don’t let anything get in your way when it comes to living the life you intend to live, in fact, let the things that annoy or bug you about what you’re currently doing be the fuel for your metaphorical fire to keep going in the right direction, wherever that may be.
Having genuine purpose combined with happiness with your career is the ultimate dream for many, so why not use the people who have turned their dreams into a reality as inspiration by actualising your greatest ambitions.