I read a lot of minimalism and financial blogs. One theme that runs through both is to find work you are passionate about.
I am all for that. The problem I have is…how do I find my passion? My passion is my husband and my little family. Taking care of them is a job I love. It doesn’t pay well, but the fringe benefits are amazing!
I truly do not know how to find my passion. There are so many websites, blogs, and such out there about the subject. Is this something I need to concentrate on this week? If I understand what my passion is, will I be more motivated to want to go back to work?
I thought that being a software developer was my passion when I started developing. I still do love to write code. Unfortunately, over the years, programs have been written that will actually write the code for you. I haven’t had a job in several years where the majority of what I did was to write hard-core code. Developing is no longer challenging for me.
Reading is a passion for me. I love to read. If money were not an issue, I would consider going back to school to get a degree in library science. Would that be a good use of an education in this economy, though? Being a librarian would be a job I would be passionate about. Encouraging and introducing others to reading would be very fulfilling to me. As it is now, unfortunately, counties and school systems all over this country have had to make cuts so deep that libraries are not getting enough funding for what they need. Our public library had cut the hours they are open. They depend on used book sales for some of their funding and make generous use of volunteers.
I enjoy working on home improvements. Maybe I should get a job working with a home contractor. Yes, please hire me. I’m a middle age woman whose only experience is working on her own home. But would that be my passion? Would I like working on someone else’s home as much as I do my own? I don’t think so.
It leaves me stuck. I changed careers a dozen years ago, from accounting to IT. Am I ready to do another career change? Do I want to start all over again? The answer is yes if it was something I would love to do. I could handle starting at the bottom and working my way up the so-called ladder. I’ve done it twice already. I know I could do it again. But what ladder?
How do I find my passion? How did you find yours? Are you working in a career you are passionate about?