So it's been a while since I've written anything but whatever. I had an "interesting" thought today that I wanted to share so here we go:
If you found out you only had, say, a year or two to live, would you quit your job?*
Morbid, I know. And weird. Who gives a shit about your job if you're going to die soon? I'll tell you who, people who love what they do. When I thought about this the first thing that came to mind was that I would immediately quit my job and use my savings to spend as much time with Rebecca and as much time woodworking as I possibly could.
But of course that's me and I realized after a moment that there actually are people out there who love what they're doing so much that they wouldn't stop working. In the same way that all I'd want to do was spend time puttering around in my garage building furniture, they'd be at their desk working on their business or their web app or whatever it is they're doing right now.
And if that's you, damn but I envy you. Not because I'd rather keep working a job if I got the bad news, but because that means that right now you're doing exactly what you should be doing. You've got a job that you love as much as I love my hobby. And that is incredibly awesome.
Those of you that know me in real life and/or from Twitter know that I've hated my job for a while now. The reasons I'm still doing it are simple: the money, laziness and fear; but I came to realize that even though I love the field I'm in and even though I love programming, I'd rather be spending my time in the garage playing with power tools and occasionally seriously injuring myself.
So think to yourself, if you didn't have a lot of time left on this earth would you still be doing what your doing? Because if so, you're one lucky sonofabitch.
* For the purposes of this thought experiment I'm assuming that your family comes first and all that. But you'll eventually need some time to yourself and what are you going to want to do then?