Why I Don’t Strive To Have A Job I Love

There’s so much talk in my generation about how you have to love your life and live it to the fullest. I blame social media. Instagram especially. Apparently I’m meant to love every single aspect of my life and to tell the truth, I do, except my job.

I’m pretty indifferent towards it. I have no real career ambitions so doing administration for a living is fine by me. ? To me, work is simply a place to earn some cash. And you know what? I actually don’t mind it. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it either.

I basically bring it down to the fact that my self-worth isn’t placed solely on what I do for a living. I know I’m a good person, a loyal friend, and a great partner and that’s what matters to me. What I do is secondary and only seems important when other people make it the focus.

My job is a means to an end. It allows me to do the things that I actually treasure.

It allows me a really good work/life balance. I start work at 7.30 am and I finish at 4.00 pm. When I’m not at work I don’t even think about it. I don’t have to field calls at all hours of the day. I don’t have to respond to a million emails during my time. I don’t have to work once I’m home and I don’t have the responsibilities that cause people to stress about work when they’re no longer physically there. I don’t want to be like my friends who are at work at 7 am and leave at 8 pm only to work til midnight at home. That’s not what I want in my life. Yes they make a lot more money than I do but that doesn’t matter to me.

Balance is much more important to me. And I feel I have the work/life balance pretty down pat. Although some wouldn’t agree. But its simply because they don’t get that I don’t want a prestigious job and all that comes with it. They don’t get that I don’t want to move up in the ranks. They don’t get that I don’t want responsibilities.

People think I’m lazy because of the way I view working. I’m not. I’ve work hard at every job I’ve ever held.

But my jobs have allowed me to spend time with my family and friends without distractions. They’ve provided me with the means to buy thoughtful gifts. They’ve given me the financial stability to purchase a home, to own my car and to have my own disposable income. But mostly, they have given me a life that is free from work distractions when I’m not at work.

And frankly, those are the things that are important to me.

Author: valentinabrenni

I love books, yoga, sunsets, feminism, reading, puppies, walking, wine, sunrises, financial independence, music and health and wellbeing

2 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Strive To Have A Job I Love”

  1. Some people love their jobs some love other things/people more. What’s great about you is that you don’t mind being in the second group and don’t let social pressure make you feel bad about it. And I’ll tell you what: 1. not loving one’s job too much comes in really handy when a couple has children and one of the two needs to step back from work to be the main carer. Also, I’ve only just found a career that I really love, now, after being a stay-at-home mum and after turning forty!

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    1. Sometimes I do feel a bit bad – like I should have more ambition or something but that’s just not for me. Besides I’m only 30 – I still have so much time to find something I’m really passionate about and your story just goes to show that it can happen at any time. I just have other priorities at the moment that matter to me more. I also think its a bit unrealistic to think that everyone can have a job they are passionate about. Our world wouldn’t work if that was the case!

      Thanks for your comment!

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