Wow, I watched the video below [see post below] last night and it just blew me away. I love the juxtaposition of the guy's voice and the images, and the message. Whoever made this little film has found a way to communicate in a pretty powerful format.
What resonates the most is how true it is. If you are doing what you truly like to do, you will never hate your life. I've had jobs that were so awful I felt absolutely imprisoned. I've had jobs that were great. For me what mattered was not only what I did, but how I could interact with the people around me. Paralegal jobs can be very insular, at times.
So that's the additional takeaway, for me. Do what you truly enjoy doing - yes. Absolutely. But try to surround yourself with like-minded people, or at least people you like.
I tell Michael all the time, his job in the next few years is to figure out what he really likes, what is fascinating to him, then figure out how to make a living at it. I would rather he make very little money but do what he loves, than to do something he hates and make a fortune.
Mother watched the film and recalled that her parents told her majoring in music was a mistake, and she should major in education and become a teacher, so she could always have a job. That advice dramatically altered the course of her life. I reminded her that my grandparents had lived through the Great Depression, and so of course that colored their thinking the rest of their lives.
I've had times when I was really poor, but I don't remember them as awful times, just sort of anxiety-producing. I always felt they were temporary times, and they were.
Anyway, I have to go fix Michael's breakfast. More later...