Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thankful Thursday: 4/18/13

[Thankful Thursday is a weekly segment that began 1/10/13 - read why here.  I invite you to join me in practicing gratitude!]

In my write-up about the last breakout session at yesterday's conference, I mentioned that I have difficulty accepting the premise on which the book What color is your parachute? For retirement is based: What will you do when you don't have to work anymore and can do anything you want?  My reasoning is that I think people should find a way to do what they want now.  Don't wait until retirement!  

I'm thankful for having this viewpoint, because I know it isn't necessarily mainstream (yet).  I know that my upbringing, exposure to different cultures, and the current state of the world are all contributing factors to my current beliefs about work.  I've seen people turn their passion into a way to support themselves (the internet is to thank for most of the visibility).  I know it's possible if you make the effort and believe in yourself, but I know this isn't what we were necessarily taught as children (and especially not what our parents / grandparents were taught).  So today I'm thankful for all of the influences that have molded my thoughts about jobs/work.
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