Family Mission Statement – Part 7: Work
Who doesn’t love hearing the exciting and creative job titles kids come up with when asked what they want to be when they grow up? Firefighter, car mechanic, astronaut, missionary, doctor, marine biologist, viceroy of the open seas!… Ok, maybe not that last one – but we are taught to dream big and the sky’s the limit. However, at some point, for many but not all of us, reality sets in and our selections are narrowed to a much more practical list of career options offered by our university, trade school, etc: Accountant, chemist, engineer, business, education, history, math, and so on.
The thought that has amazed us lately is realizing how segmented career pursuits can be from the rest of life. The dream as children to pursue our passions gets replaced along the way by the expectation to enter a proper and pragmatic profession. Whereas our goals, values, dreams, and passions apply to the rest of our lives, it seems almost normal that our career ought to take a different path. This is what I mean by segmented. Our lives head one direction while our work heads us in another.