We've heard it all before: "if you love what you do, it doesn't feel like work." It's a lovely idea isn't it?
I love what I do. I absolutely love it.
It is an incredible amount of work!
I remember doing work I didn't love. Growing up, I'd spend summers with my dad working on houses. Carpentry, roofing, siding, you name it. It was good work. I made the money I needed to last me until next summer. But...I did not love it. It was long days in the heat. Disagreements with my dad. Working until my body ached.
In college, I figured out what I loved to do...make things through video and design.
Yes, in college, I fell in love with my work. It was a wonderful, blissful union. I had dreams and aspirations. I knew exactly who I wanted to work for, and how I would get there. Suddenly, work didn't feel like work. It was joy!
It's one thing to have a dream. It's another thing to achieve it.
As I began to pursue the dreams I had, my head-over-heels, make-it-happen mentality began to fade. The love was still there, but the idea the work would be enjoyable everyday began to vanish. In reality, I realized it was going to take a lot of work.
I think anyone who is married can relate. We all know the feeling of falling in love, saying "I do," and beginning a new life together. The honeymoon phase, as they say. But you know what...it takes work to keep those feelings the driving force in your marriage. I love my wife with every ounce of my being, and she knows I work to take care of her. It's not always easy, but I feel like the work I put in to my marriage will lead us to the dreams we have together. The work is what keeps the love alive.
It's the same way with doing what I love to do. Creating.
I know that it will take a tremendous amount of work to create the things I want to create. It will take unreal dedication to get to where I want to be. It will take hours of heated days. Disagreements with bosses and clients. Working until my body aches.
But it will be worth it.
The work is what keeps the love alive. The sweat and tears is what keeps the love alive. The discouragements, the rejections, the letdowns are what keep the love alive.
If you are doing what you love to do, it will still be work. But you will love working on it.
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