Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The unknown - career perspective

Sometimes we can be unsure what our dreams are .. but they are there somewhere.
A lot of time, people can use their career and their earnings as a status symbol. Some people know what they want to do from a very early age, and some people go into careers they are good at but not necessarily what they want to do. When you're in between jobs or haven't been working for a little while, or haven't had much of a career, it's so easy to compare yourself to the rest of the world.

But, let's get a bit of perspective. A lot of careers are made up by man with profit being the aim of the game. Don't even get me started on certain professions such as banking and legal. The government sure as hell don't want creative industries to flourish. They want profits over people. Did life intend for us to be identified by our career? Probably not.

If you want to make a difference in the world, you might go through a time of uncertainty, not knowing what you want to do. This can be quite unsettling. In the UK, there is a lot of backlash towards the unemployed, from people who are obviously unfulfilled in their work but can't see a way out or are unwilling to downsize. Even though probably around 75% of people in the UK don't love their jobs, there is still a lot of identity when it comes to one's job. Even now, I sometimes think to myself 'I should be 'doing' something' or 'I should have worked out by now what my career purpose is'.

Things that don't make money, such as me writing blog posts, are seen as just a hobby and not meaningful in terms of career and status. The Jobcentre sure wouldn't give a shit about them. However, you never know where things might lead as you take small steps - these things are just as important as having something that makes you money.

At the same time, we all would like to be paid money, particularly if it's doing something we love. This 'something' can seem fairly elusive, and I know that I can easily go round in circles wondering my next career move should be, whether I should take a course .. and whilst my ego would like to be a bit more conventionally 'successful', maybe life has other plans. I don't think we're meant to be stuck in the realm of uncertainty forever, but sometimes circumstances force you to accept that perhaps your 'career' path might be a little different from the norm.

Trust is important when it comes to finding your true purpose. It is also important to question everything you have been taught as being 'reality' - such as:
- I need a 9 to 5 job to survive
- Writing or anything creative is only a hobby and will never pay the bills
- I'll go broke if I follow my heart
- I don't have the qualifications to get a decent job
- There aren't enough jobs
- I'll never be able to work for myself
- It's impossible to do what I love and get paid for it.

.. because these kind of beliefs will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Whilst it's not worth blaming myself, I wish I could have become a bit more positive about work earlier doors, otherwise I would not have had to go through the workplace hell that I did. It's important to know your worth and not be scared by the supposed powers that be. I do believe that if you are surrendered to the flow of life and follow the pathway that's right for you, that the universe will supply your needs.

Not sure of original source.
This is often what happens when we choose
the road less travelled :)
What to do when you're unsure where you're going? Trust is one thing I have mentioned - also don't try and force something to happen. The perceived lack of security is a threat to the ego and it will try and come up with all sorts of ideas, and then try and talk you out of those ideas. You really can go round in circles if you try and fight against uncertainty.
Uncertainty can also be a time to discover your true self - when everything is stripped away, it's easier to go beyond the realms of the mind and know your true essence - that you are a divine being, created in the image of God.
Even though it can be difficult without a paid job or with a low paying job, don't let this define you as a person. You are not what you 'do'. Eckhart Tolle says that your life purpose is essentially to 'be' - to live in the present moment - and that everything else flows from there. I don't advocate sitting for 8 hours a day meditating or being on top of a mountain feeling blissed out (although the latter might be nice) - however, in western culture, we so prioritise what we 'do' over what we are - and it's hardly surprising that many seemingly successful people are empty inside. An achieve, achieve, achieve mentality does not produce a happy person on its own. Happiness starts from within, not from our job. As we make our own happiness and well being more of a priority, opportunities, sometimes unexpected, can then come our way.

I hope this makes some semblance of sense.

1 comment:

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