What are we supposed to do?

I am about 10 years into my professional life and I am still wondering if there is a such thing as “what we are supposed to do”. The narrative you are told is that you areĀ destinedĀ to do something meaningful with your life and you won’t be happy until you figure out what it is. And most people never figure out what it is, slog away at their J-O-B and die unhappy.

I don’t think there are external forces that predispose us to a certain profession. I think we are meant to find meaning in all of our work, to always seek a challenge and to never stagnate. I think working a pizza delivery job has meaning at a certain point in your life and it doesn’t at another. A desk job pushing paper has meaning at a certain point in your life and doesn’t at another.

I don’t think we are meant to find something and stick with it forever unless we are continuously getting meaning and growing in that thing. It’s common and should be encouraged to completely change it up, try something new and possibly fail. We have so little time to be here on earth that it makes sense to try things rather than not try things.

I always have this voice in the back of my mind asking if I’m stagnating, getting too comfortable, if something else it out there that I should be doing. I used to think that was a bad thing, always wondering if the grass might be greener elsewhere. But I’m viewing it now as something that is an asset. I know the grass isn’t always greener and every job has it’s upsides and downsides, but there is value in expanding your options and trying something new.

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