You’ve Landed Your Dream Job. Now What?

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You’ve found your passion and followed your bliss.

Here you are.  You’ve done your homework, soul searched and peered into the caverns of your subconscious to find the Thing You Must Do.  You know what you want to be and have made great strides toward getting there.  Maybe you’ve even found your dream job.

So when does the nagging question as to whether this bliss will last begin knocking around inside your thought stream?  And should you bother ensuring that it does last?  What if that long journey to finding your dream job is just the beginning rather than the end of the path to a lifetime of meaningful work?  Is it possible that there’s no reason to quit looking for the next injection of happiness?

It’s inevitable that even our most longed-for career path becomes tinged with the tarnish of reality.  Not only do we contend with our nature as humans who tend to become bored without stimulation, we are powerless to avoid life’s only constant- Yep.  Change.

So what should we do when we start squirming because we can see boredom on the horizon and our cubicle starts to feel like it fits just a little too tightly?

 

Keep going.

There is no reason to believe that any path leads to a permanent utopia, and no reason to settle for just one passion.  Should a sense of restlessness make an appearance in the daily waves of your emotions, pay attention.  Rather than trying to ignore or bury this feeling, feel absolutely unbound and free to follow it to find out just where it may lead.  Run headlong into the uncertainty of it because nothing enhances the feeling of dissatisfaction faster than feeling trapped and without options.

Explore the possibility of braving new paths. All of them.  Allow yourself to seem unsettled and flighty.  Indulge in your curiosity and follow the flow of interests.  At the worst, you may find that the place you thought you’d permanently park your talents no longer suits you.  Give yourself permission, at that point, to recreate yourself and your interests.  You are not a fixed entity and humans don’t actually grow roots.  Move with what comes. You’ll either find a new gig, or discover that because you don’t feel stuck in the path you’ve chosen, you’re free enough to actually enjoy it.

 

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