We have all heard the old adage, “If you do what makes you happy, you won’t work a day in your life,” and yet more than half of all working Americans are unsatisfied with their job, according to The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey.
Why is this? Why don’t people do what makes them happy? I’m no expert on money and happiness, but the most likely answer is that people do what brings in the enough money to pay the bills. When you have mouths to feed and have to have a way to put a roof over your head, you take whatever job you can find, without due regard to happiness.
We all think we have the rest of our lives to pursue what makes us happy. Especially when we’re in our 20s and 30s, we feel like we have our whole lives ahead of us. What’s another year or two in a job that makes us miserable, as long as we’re paying the bills?
The average life expectancy for American citizens is 78.8 years old, meaning most healthy Americans can reasonably look for to a long life in which to pursue their dreams and do what makes them happy in the long run. That being said, the hard truth is that cancer, unintentional injuries (i.e. car accidents for example), and other diseases make up the bulk of the mortality rate in this country.
You never know what life is going to spring on you, and you never know how long you have to live your life.
Life is short, do what makes you happy. Even if you don’t have a way to get paid for what makes you happy, find time to devote to the things and activities that bring you joy. (more…)