Today marks the turning of a page in my book on life. My longtime gig with a company that makes pain medicines ended due to a reorganization. As with any major life change, I have mixed emotions. Part of me is anxious about the future as would be expected, but a much bigger part of me knows it’s time for a major retooling of my life’s work.
When many people are struggling just to find work, and many others are underemployed based on their education and skills, talking about doing something you love seems a bit trite. What I have come to believe is that we should not necessarily pursue what we love, but instead pursue what we are meant to do.
I believe every one of us have innate talents that allow us to become the best version of ourselves. Sometimes these talents are obvious and they motivate our path in life. Other times, they get buried during our formative education years, or we ignore them for all sorts of reasons. But the truth is we are all born with natural talents that when embraced and developed, facilitate our spiritual growth and make life meaningful.
For me, a return to photography has been an important evolution in my path. Taking pictures helps me more fully engage in the force-field of life! At the same time, I have dedicated decades to understanding and treating the problem of addiction, so my life work must continue to use this knowledge to help others.
As with any major life change, I am hoping not to rush into any decisions about the future. I plan to rest, read, meditate, and contemplate. Of course life always has a way of throwing curve balls, so who knows what the next chapter will bring. What I do know is that my future work must align with my talents. And as I have found out with photography, when that happens, doing what you love becomes a reality.