If you’re not doing what you love, you’re wasting your time.

This morning, I was very fortunate to see a friend’s post on LinkedIn. It was an image that stated, “If you’re not doing what you love, you’re wasting your time.”

I find this intriguing and compelling.

I have often found myself in interesting jobs and interesting situations, but I was always that person that didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life. I did not have what some people refer to as a “passion.”

Did I want to work retail? Yeah, I liked it a lot, actually. I didn’t mind working the holidays. Honestly.

il_340x270.652196780_gftyDid you want to work in a recital hall and promote the orchestra? Yes, I got to meet really awesome people and listen to music I had never heard before.

Did I want to act and sing? Yeah, that was really great for a while.

Did I want to be a case worker? Yes, I did want to make a difference, and I sure did love those kids.

Did I want to teach? Of course! I loved it. And, I was really good at it.

Did I want to be a stay-at-home mom? Yes. I really wanted to be good at this one.

Did I want to be a freelance content writer, marketer, social media speaker? Yes. A definitive yes.

Did I want to be the Marketing Specialist for Integro Technologies? And basically, their social media goddess? Yes times infinity.

But every job or career path I have ever taken, I have really loved. And when I stopped loving it, it was time for something else.

For the last four years, I have been a marketing specialist in some capacity. It turns out, that quite by accident, and in my late thirties, I have discovered not only something I love, but something that I am deeply passionate about. It may not be my lifetime passion, but right now, it is exactly where I am supposed to be. And it is really sweet.

My basic outline for life (as written to myself in my 11th grade journal) has been:

  • Go to college.
  • Get a cool ass job.
  • Maybe get married.
  • Maybe have cool ass kids.
  • Travel to cool ass places.
  • Do cool ass stuff.
  • Be awesome.

I did, indeed, go to college… TWICE. I have gotten a lot of cool ass jobs. I have gotten married and had cool ass kids. I have traveled to some great places, and look forward to going to some more cool ass places. I do a lot of cool ass stuff. And, let’s face it, do I even need to tell you about the awesome part?

Whether I realized it or not, my life’s motto is and has always been, “If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.”

Thanks, Billy Joel.