I had a conversation today at lunchtime with one of the professors who works in my department. He told me, “Never get old and never retire.” He is in the process of retiring and he said the paperwork is endless. He also said that professors, lawyers and teachers never retire because they have poured so much of their lives into their work.
My mom is a lifelong educator. At 82, she is still educating others through her column and her website, “Supporting Super Students”. Mom graduated in 1958 with her degree in Education and immediately went to work as a teacher. In her 60 plus years as an educator, my mom has learned a thing or two. She has not let technology stop her from sharing her wealth of wisdom as an educator. She blogs, she texts and she even has her own website, thanks to my nephew. Mom is doing what she loves – educating students and their parents.
I am doing what I love at myjob. Back in October, I returned to Myschool as the Accounting Specialist in one of the Humanities departments. I thoroughly love being back on campus and helping faculty, staff and students. I enjoy being in the center of campus, in the middle of all the activity! This feels like home! As an extrovert, I thrive on activity and people. I enjoy laughing with my coworkers and sharing silly stories with the faculty. The mom in me comes out when I see a student in need.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to do what you love – you may not like your job, your hobby might not do well as a job, or you’re in the wrong place (city, neighborhood, etc.). Take some time to think about what you love to do. Can you share that with other people by volunteering? Example – If you love to sing, go sing at a retirement home. There will most likely be someone there who loves to play the piano and who would be thrilled to accompany you. You don’t have to be perfect and it gives you a place to do what you love.
What would it take to do what you love? Would you need to move? Perhaps go back to school and upgrade your skills? Take private music or voice lessons? Rent space at a local craft shop? So what’s stopping you- time, money, fear?
My mom didn’t let any of those things stop her. She took classes at the local community college to learn how to write better. She submitted manuscripts to publishers. She talked to newspapers in her area, asking if they would run her column. She talked to my brother, son and nephew and learned how to work with modern technology. She went to conferences and presented her website. She has the energy and drive of someone twenty years younger than her – all because she wants to do what she loves.
Don’t be afraid to do what you love. Chances are that if it brings you joy, it will bring others joy as well. Stay tuned. . .