Read this today in the New York Times:
“But is “do what you love” wisdom or malarkey?” -Gordon Marino
It’s wisdom. Not malarkey. In case you weren’t sure. Maybe you can’t do what you love straight out of high school, or maybe you can, but “do what you love” should be the eventual goal. No one should be counseling kids to find whatever awful, miserable job they can in order to eke out a horrible existence until they die. What rubbish! Possibly some people have not properly explained the full meaning of “do what you love” to today’s teenagers, and boo to them, then, (spoiler: it’s not always easy, and it’s definitely not about the hedonistic pursuit of pleasure) but my goodness, shouldn’t we be urging our children to spend some time figuring out what lights them up, and then helping them find a way to pursue that, in college or apprenticeship or vocation, so that they may fulfill their potential and contribute something marvelous to this world and live a life of meaning and contentment? Isn’t that the dream we have for our children (and ourselves) and isn’t it worth striving for?
The full opinion essay can be read here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/a-life-beyond-do-what-you-love
Note: I am including the actual weblink b/c of a recent awful personal experience with “clicking links” … please copy & paste into your browser to read the full essay.