Interesting Perspectives on Work and Purpose
Occasionally I like to share the ideas of other people that I have found particularly inspiring or insightful, regarding a topic I may have been musing over. Is it just me, or do these little gifts from the minds of others often turn up when we need them the most?
As I flounder about with the age-old problem “What am I doing with my life?”, I would like to share with you a really interesting piece I read by Elizabeth Gilbert some time ago. Elizabeth has a very succinct and relatable way of summing up her thoughts on issues that trouble many of us, and may have us pondering how we feel about the matters in life we struggle in understanding, or expressing, or living with.
In her piece below, she very neatly describes the inherent differences between a Hobby, a Job, a Career and a Vocation. I found these incredibly helpful distinctions, enabling me to better understand the different strands of interest and action I have been pursuing in life to this point, how the energy I put towards these different facets moves me in very different ways, and how the work I do does not have to define who I am as a person. It helped me to gain a more healthy perspective on work and not just find it “an exhausting marathon, for no reason”. I hope you find it useful too.
And just for good measure I share below an extraordinary letter I came across very recently by Hunter S. Thompson, who was asked by a friend for some advice about life and its meaning and purpose. A beautifully worded and very human perspective on “whether to float with the tide, or to swim for a goal”
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