Work. It’s a huge part of our lives. We rely on it for income, we spend 8 (ok, maybe 10) hours a day there and hopefully, for most of us, we gain satisfaction and enjoyment out of our work.
When I wrote about what I would do if I became a Lotto winner, I thought about the things I wouldn’t do if I won the Lotto. I have thought about it several times prior to writing the post (prior to KiKi & Tea even launching) and discussed it with Mr W in some of our “what would we do with loads of money” talks. Usually these are prompted when there is a big lotto draw on that evening.
Funnily enough, when I was at my old job and questioning if I wanted to continue a career in law, my first response was “QUIT, QUIT MY BLOODY JOB AND STUDY HEAPS OF DIFFERENT DEGREES BE A PERPETUAL UNI STUDENT BUT A RICH ONE”. His response was always “I’d never quit my job”. I scoffed at him at the time.
However, I have been at my current job for about 18 months. I surprised myself when a $70 million Lotto draw was on and we were fantasising about what to do with that sort of money. I blurted out “Never, I’d never quit my job if I won that much money”. WOW. What a complete 180 I’d done!
Why? Well, I suppose it is simple, really. I like my work. I love my employer. I love the people I work with. I gain immense satisfaction from the challenge of my work and the highly specialised level of analytical and intellectual thinking involved. I’m comfortable to admit that I’m proud of being a lawyer and I love filling in the employment section of forms with “solicitor” or (when arriving in America on the customs forms) “lawyer”. I’m proud.
Of course, no matter how much I loved the work, if I was employed somewhere where I had difficult colleagues, I was overworked to the point where 12 hour days were normal, or they didn’t treat their staff well, I wouldn’t like it so much. I’m just lucky that I have landed on my feet in an area of practice I love with an employer I equally love.
Work, though, is different for everyone. Some people could take it or leave it, and if they didn’t have to work, they wouldn’t. They are perfectly happy going to work each day, but if they were told they didn’t have to work anymore, they wouldn’t. Some people absolutely hate work. Some people can’t work, though they desperately want to. Work is what some people do, not who they are. For others, work and career form part of their identity and is a fundamental aspect of who they are.
Do you love your job? Do you hate it? Do you work to live or live to work?
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