It’s that age old saying – ‘Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life’! But can you really?
It’s something I’ve been pondering, particularly when I was looking at entering a 5k swim. Then I thought about all the training I’d HAVE to do. I love swimming – absolutely love it. But the thought of HAVING to do something, the pressure of having to do something makes me want to rebel against it.
I used to love running – after a couple of marathons, half marathons and a dodgy pair of trainers I fell out with it. It’s taken a good 2-3 years to fall back in love with it, but I’m sure it was down to the HAVING to train for the longer distances. And that’s why I didn’t enter the 5k swim – I had already fallen out of love with running, I didn’t want the same thing to happen with swimming – coz I really do LOVE swimming.
So this got me thinking – can you really do what you love for a job/work/making a living?
I came to the conclusion that you couldn’t all the time, because those times when you HAVE to do something are just not fun and it really feels like a chore.
That was until the other day! I went for a swim around a local quarry (it’s manned, and has life guards – I do not advise swimming outside without some sort of help at hand!) I had planned to swim 4 loops, which was 2k – easy enough. I ended up doing 7 loops, which was just over a couple of miles. I could’ve carried on, but for the fact my arms felt like they might drop off.
It dawned on me that I probably wouldn’t fall out of love with swimming if I had to train for a 5k, because I’m actually not that bad at it – it’s not a chore. I loved running, but I loved it once I’d finished and could sit there smug in the knowledge I’d nailed 5/6 miles, but the actual process of running I don’t particularly love. Where as swimming – that’s different kettle of fish. I love being in the water, it doesn’t hurt my joints, I’m weightless and I just LOVE the whole thing.
So perhaps it is possible to do what you love and it will never feel like work or a chore?
If anyone knows of any vacancies that involve, drawing, swimming and adventures running/walking in the forest – please give me a shout and then I’ll never work a day in my life again!
Do you do what you love as your work? What do you do – I’d love to know…