Why I don’t need the dream job
I’ve always been a little mesmerized by people who know exactly what they want to do and what steps they’re going to take to have their dream job because that’s never been me. I’ve got plenty of interests, but I never really considered making any of them into a career. I don’t think I ever believed I could. Plus, I never even felt like that was something I needed to do.
To me, a job is just a job. It’s something you do so you have financial stability and can afford to keep doing the fun stuff. I’ve always been fine with that, but once I graduated, I started looking around and began to worry that I was missing something.
Everyone seemed to be pursuing their ‘dream jobs’, whether that be a specific position or a company they were dying to work with. I was just applying to anything I felt remotely qualified for, and with a business management degree, I could pretty much go anywhere. Everyone else seemed to have some perfect plan and they couldn’t wait to pursue their passions, and I was just looking for a paycheck.
I started to question whether I was going about it all wrong. Like I was going to be missing out and I’d regret it in the long run. So, I tried to come up with something.
After weeks of researching different positions and companies near me, I still couldn’t pinpoint one path I wanted to go down. I found a few cool companies and knew that I’d like to do something creative, but that’s about it. Not much of a plan, right?
To be fair, after two years of job hunting I wasn’t in the position to be picky anyway, but I still felt super self conscious. Eventually, I found a place willing to hire me and immediately accepted. My family has never had a ton of money. We’ve got just enough to get by and we’re consistently one emergency away from financial disaster.
If I’ve got a chance to earn more money, I’m taking it. That’s pretty much all there is to it. I’ve been at my job since November, and I’ll be honest – it wouldn’t have been my first choice. Mortgage loans aren’t all that exciting and there’s definitely no room for creativity.
Still, I gotta say – I’m totally okay not having a dream job. I like that I can go in, do my work, and come home to activities and projects that I’m excited about. When I’m creative and doing the things I love, they’re just for me. I don’t have to answer to anyone else. There’s no pressure on them. I don’t have to worry about whether or not I can make a living off them.
There are so many things I want to accomplish in my life, but none of my big goals involve my career. When I realized that, I pretty much stopped worrying about whether or not I’m on the right path.
I’m done feeling guilty for not chasing after some perfect dream job like so many people I know. My dream is not having to worry about having enough money to pay my bills. It’s having a routine that doesn’t make me anxious. I’ve got my passions, things like painting and writing, but I don’t need to get paid for either to enjoy them!
Some people need to turn their passions into their career, which I 100% understand! Other people just need a job that’s stable, friendly coworkers, and a comfortable salary. I enjoy my work, even if it’s not what I ever imagined myself doing. My office is close, I have a good routine, and I know what I’m doing. I’m doing well, and that’s dreamy enough for me.