“The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure.”
- Françoise Bertaut de Motteville
Happiness is one of the strongest themes in my blog along with respect. The pursuit of happiness is one of the main goals of my life, however learning what that really means has taken me down many roads that are just not the best. I have said this many times, but I don’t think it can be said enough… Happiness comes from within, you can only make yourself happy, no one else can.
This quote by Françoise is a very wise one and I was reminded of the idea while watching Clerks II. You have to love what you do at your job or you will be wasting a big chunk of your life. Why does it sound so irrelevant in our day and age? Partly because I know that there are so many people in our society that work solely as a means to an end… that end many times being just their next meal.
It makes me really wonder if humanity has advanced at all during the 21st century. Sure we now have iPods and TiVo, but how many people are really following their true passions or using their capabilities rather than chasing the money train? How much more productive as a society would we be if the emphasis was in talent and aptitude rather than how much you can earn.
While I am very thankful about the education I received, I believe our system is flawed. Instead of finding what a kid can do well, we try to fit everyone into the same square peg. We kill potential by standardizing classes to the point that you are teaching only to the average of the class’ speed. Sure there are accelerated classes for “bright” kids, but what about those with artistic talents, not just the ones that are good at reading or math.
Fast forward to the time when you have to actually join the work force. I have seen it again and again, people getting into a field because it seems to be the most lucrative but it has nothing to do with what they are passionate about. Is our society just doomed to become stagnant when it comes to innovation and new ideas? Is our future going to allow just some to reach their potential instead of the potential in all of us?
Thinking back, one of the jobs where I had the must fun was in fast food. I actually looked forward to going and flipping burgers all day. I worked with people from school and the environment was one of hard work, fun and just pride on what we did. While it is still early, my current job seems to be one that will feel the same way. I still look forward to coming to work every morning and I hope that feeling continues.