That’s what I believe middle age people start saying as they get close to retirement. They come to realize that what they’ve been doing all those years wasn’t giving them the joy they had envisioned but mainly helping out the entity they worked for.
It happens to quite a few workers out there. They choose a career based on pay, benefits, location upward mobility hoping one day they reap the rewards of their struggle only to find out they forgot to factor in if what they were doing what made them happy.
Sure it’s nice to get promotions, respect, pay increases and put your mark on a project, and accolades but in the end did you really enjoy the ride? Did it make you look forward to each day? Did you really get to sink your teeth into what you were doing that you got lost in it? Did it make you feel a little guilty because you were getting paid to do what you like to do? If so, then you were experiencing joy.
If only that had been your job all a long instead of doing all the other things that came with it.
Well don’t wait till you retire to find that out. Figure out what it is that you love to do; by the way I can help you with that so get started doing it now.
You may not be able to put all your energy into it now but you can start. By the time you retire, hopefully before, you’ll be able to make the switch and get paid to do what you love to do. How great would that be?
A great little book on how to do that is Half time by Bob Buford.