Why Work Should Feel Like Raising Children
Child-rearing has to be the most challenging yet fulfilling job I’ve ever had. I’m learning patience I didn’t know I had daily. Since my son seems to pick up every virus under the sun, I’m on a rollercoaster of worry about his health. And I get lost in the activities involved in raising him to the best of my ability, often sacrificing my needs for his.
As someone who loves to work – it’s something I squeeze into my days even when I know there isn’t time because it matters to me – I see elements of my workdays rivaling the days when I’m looking after my son. These are the main similarities that I see:
These factors are how I know I love my work, because I know I adore my son. It’s also how I resonated with one of last week’s interviewees, who shared with me the following quote, when we were talking about comparisons between work and family life:
“My son is very adventurous, and he will climb a stand on the top of things that in the moment. It’s absolutely terrifying like, why on earth are you up there? Get down; you could fall and really hurt yourself! At the same time, the thought is running through my head; that’s an awesome accomplishment. So it’s like I really don’t know; in this moment, should I cheer?”
This quote speaks to the constant ups and downs we go through as parents, and the same ups and downs I’m seeing as I interview people who love to work. They aren’t afraid to put themselves in uncomfortable situations if it helps them to learn or to achieve something great. They question the right courses of action for their careers, often trying many options before settling on a path at every crossroads they encounter. And, they aren’t afraid of getting hurt to achieve their version of success.
If you’re someone who loves your work, or you know someone else who does, check out the Red Ponder #LoveToWork projects and let me know if you’d like to take part! I’d love to hear from you!