July 12, 2012 by Sarah
Lots of people really struggle to understand what I do. And I think it’s partly because I struggle to communicate it. Not only do I not fit into a nice and tidy ‘occupation’ but I also have a raft of different areas that I ‘work’ on. One day I might be a managing a sport initiative, the next day I’m a painter, or a non-for-profit Board member, blogger, or (just to add even more randomness to the mix) an interior designer. Perhaps not surprisingly, I always dread being asked, ‘what is it that you do exactly?’.
I’ve tried really hard to accept and be comfortable with the fact that what I do is not easy to explain. But sometimes Top Dog tells me that people will only understand and value what I do when I start earning decent money from my new adventures. Or that I should feel guilty for leaving behind a secure and well paying career because work is meant to be boring – and I’m really just chasing a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow with all this ‘love what you do’ malarkey.
Of all the challenges I’ve experienced on my Work Experiment journey, I think these thoughts have been the hardest to understand and reject. But hearing my play guru Selina Barker share her story in this video gave me strength and clarity. I am on the right path and while I can’t always explain what I do in a nice and neat elevator pitch, I am a lot happier than I’ve ever been. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.