Once upon a time, I use to have what was deemed a ‘day off’. Meaning, a day where I could just get up and do whatever I wanted. Perhaps junk shopping, or putzing around staying home starting a new project, whatever.
Today, I still look forward to those days off. But my days off have little difference from the days I work.
Because, in a nutshell, I’m always working. But not quite in the way you may think.
I would often marvel how some never seemed to be able to put down their work and just ‘be’. I use to be that girl at the beach with book after book. But unless that book is really REALLY good (and short), I no longer have the patience to sit through it.
Because the outcome isn’t creating anything.
Time off can mean other things too of course. Spending time with your family, going to the movies, for a walk, hanging with friends, etc. And they’re every bit as important as anything else we do.
But my current driving force these days around that is creating, inventing, bettering, inspiring. That is my new ‘be’.
On a day off, I quite often tell myself I will do nothing. You know… to rest. But then I get a brainstorm, race to my junk stash, start staging something, grab the camera… and before you know it, I’m working. Oops! And Ahhhh! all at once.
If you aren’t at the ‘when work becomes play’ place, it’s my belief you haven’t found it. Yet.
But here’s a fair warning… once you’ve hit ‘it’, you’ll be a changed person forever. Because quite simply, the lines between work and play are flat out gone.
I never know how to answer someone when they ask if I’m working on a given day. (when not at the day job that is) The question is greeted with a silent pause, smile, and are asked to call me anyway.
When work becomes play, you know you’re on the right path, because if you ‘work’ this much, how can you not succeed at some level?
If you’re one of the ones that still don’t have it yet, I understand. It doesn’t come overnight. It took me 51 years to figure out my thing. (and I’m not done yet) BUT… that doesn’t mean all those previous years are in vain.
Everything I’ve done in the past has helped to prepare me where I am today. And everything I do today will help me tomorrow.
There’s no need to be in a rush to find yours. Just keep learning, moving forward one small step at a time. Your thing will transpire when you least expect it! In ways you don’t expect!
Ask me how I know.