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The Pursuit Of Fulfillment
Posted on July 6, 2014

One day, I jokingly asked my co-workers if it was time to go (one, I was getting over a summer cold and two, I really was ready to go).

Then out of the blue, my co-worker hit me with, “It’s starting to sound like you don’t like your job.”

Just because I say I'm tired and I'm ready to go home doesn't mean I don't like my job. I already dedicate 40 hours a week of my life to that place. I don't eat, sleep and breathe for my company or paycheck. I’m grateful for gainful employment and benefits, but I enjoy my free time more. I’m not saying I don't wanna make money, but I'm not gonna break my neck or bend over backwards to do something I don't enjoy. I think my job is cool, but that's just it. It's a job. I’m on a pursuit to find a career and use my skills and $40,000 degree if possible.

I admire and envy my peers who are able to travel frequently while I'm stuck at home trying to save up enough paid time off just to take a weekend trip. I can't wait until I can travel and meet all the amazing people I’ve met through social media because of mutual interests we all share.

I'm single. I don't have a family to provide for so my every waking moment isn't worried about working overtime to add a few extra coins to my paycheck every two weeks. So many people get caught up in the cycle of working nonstop for nothing. After you've worked 60 hours a week trying to fatten your paycheck to pay bills, then what? Money is great, but I crave fulfillment. I need it.

I may not ever have my "dream job", but whatever I decide to do for a living in the next year or however long, I want to enjoy it. I want to make a difference. I want things to be on my terms. I want my skills and interests to play a part in whatever I do.

Working fulltime while trying to find the time and energy to put your all into something you believe in is already difficult. I have a lot of living to do, but I’ll be damned if I waste most of it “grinding” for the sake of a few extra dollars on my paycheck.

Holla at me about overtime when it comes to something I actually have an interest in, because entry-level employment won’t be the move forever.

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