“If you can’t do what you love, love what you do.”
I appreciate this quote because it summarises an attitude or approach towards life that I aspire to. My interpretation of this quote is that our first attempts should be to try to do what we feel passionate and excited about. If life is not arranged in such a way that doing those things is possible in this moment, then we should at least feel passionate ad excited about those things that are possible now.
I emphasised the word ‘first’ in my interpretation, because up to a few months ago in my life I have exclusively focused on the second part of the quote. Over time, I increasingly found myself advising other people to discover what they are passionate about in life and to be creative in finding ways to incorporate their passions in their livelihood and day-to-day activities. That naturally led me to question whether I was actually following my own advice.
I was not.
So I quickly thought of the moments when I was most in awe, most inspired, most excited. These feelings often arise in me when I see peace descend in others, or when I see them gaining insights that are important to their lives, or when their negativity is making way for positivity. I enjoy observing it, and I enjoy it when I can be a part of it.
With this becoming clear to me, and with me getting increasingly less satisfaction from my technical work, I decided that I need to try to design a future for myself in which I will be working with people instead of computers. I want to do more with the insights that I am sharing on this blog in my daily life. This does not mean that I’m in a rush to change my job in the next second, because I find stability in my life important; but it is clear to me that I will be changing my job sometime in the future.
My first step has been to get a formal position as an (in-house) coach at my employer. I had already been doing coach-like work informally and this seemed to be a very natural next step to me. I’m happy to say that my employer has given me this position now, and that I already feel more satisfied because I have more time to spend on activities that I find deeply meaningful.
My next step, which might take a few years to complete, is to move into coaching and consultancy on a full-time basis. This combined with some advice that Wolfgang has given Elly and me in the past, is the reason that Elly and I have started our own consultancy called Rumified. I want to gradually build a stable foundation for myself via this consultancy, so that I can complete my career switch at some point in the future. I invite you to visit the website of our consultancy at www.rumified.com.
I do not know what the future holds for us, but what I can say is that I am very happy with the steps that I am taking now.