H&M jacket, old (option); Old Navy tee; Target sandals; Nordstrom reversible tote; ℅ Lulu*s tie dye sweatpants.
I called my mom the other day (as I do almost every day, #mamasgirl), and my Grandparents happened to be in town visiting her. They have this wonderful little setup, where they spend six months of their year in a quaint place in southern Florida, and the other six months in a beautiful home on a lake in New Hampshire. While talking to my grandpa, I asked him if he was looking forward to the extra room and more spacious nature of their home up by the lake. He said, “you know, I’m always happy to be heading there and enjoy the home I have, and then when it’s time to leave for Florida I’m always happy to be going there, too.” He then said that when he was younger and not retired, he had a similar thought process. He mentioned that he always loved teaching college for the school year, but when the year was over he was tired of it, and looking forward to working at the pier and fishing again. Yet, when the fishing season was over, he was ready again to give that up and get back to teaching.
This got me thinking. While I know this is not possible for so many, I love the idea of always having something to look forward to while working. To have not one thing that makes us happy, but several. I thing that the monotony of working the same thing is hard, and is something that has gotten to me in the past in a lot of jobs. Routine takes over, and it becomes a never ending cycle of sameness. I’ve had this happen to me a lot! I start something and get excited, but inevitably, the sameness of it all gets to me and I begin to want for something more.
Maybe the real secret to happiness and being content is to not do the same thing forever. To switch things up and keep reaching for more. To find a job that changes, to create a life that is less about what what should be and more about what we want. Maybe we need to do that job that pays, and then work in our spare time on what makes us truly happy. Find a way to make that dream a reality! Get up early and write, or take that class that truly thrills you.
I’m still working on that job that makes me really happy. Maybe it will be part time teaching and writing? Who knows? I’m in my early thirties and I am still figuring it out, but I know one thing. I hope when I am my grandfather’s age, I can sit on the phone and be optimistic about all that life has brought me. I want to see everything in the best light possible, and always have something to look forward to.