What are we really working for?
More stuff? A bigger house? A college savings fund?
While none of these things are bad in and of themselves (and we all need to earn a living), I for one don’t want to get to the end of my career and say to myself, what did I really accomplish?
Just today, I had lunch with a respected friend and colleague. He told me that he hit a turning point at 40. He was working hard and having much success as a lawyer. He was on vacation with his family, sitting on a cruise ship, and it finally hit him. Something was missing.
What am I working for? Is this it?
So he went home and got out an old guitar he hadn’t played in 20 years. Within a year, he joined a band, bought a new guitar, and has been writing songs (and playing gigs) ever since. And his musical talents have made him an even better lawyer.
I love this story for a couple of reasons.
First, it reminds me that we all have a need to be creative – to use our God-given talents and contribute to something outside of ourselves, just for the joy of the experience.
As important, some of us have lost our sense of creativity all together. We’ve become one-dimensional. We work hard, take care of our families, and “get by” week after week. But that’s it.
While work in and of itself can be a creative expression (something I’ll blog about another day), some of us need to reach outside of work to fill that creative void. It doesn't necessarily mean that we have to quit our jobs, change our livestyles, or move across the country. Sometimes, it might be as simple as pulling out that old guitar in the closet.
How do you best express yourself? For me, my creative adventure (aka mid-life crisis) has been writing a book, but you might be gifted in art, music, sports, drama, scrapbooking, or cooking – to name a few creative outlets.
Don’t you ever wonder if there’s something more?