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In my time to think I ponder existent jobs / careers, sources of income (stuff which is obvious to most people because it’s conventional and thus easily noticeable, and stuff which is not that obvious, unconventional stuff, stuff which doesn’t come to mind immediately, but which, nonetheless, is also part of our menu of available jobs / careers, sources of income), but also nonexistent jobs / careers, sources if income (stuff which is not part of our menu of available jobs / careers, sources of income).
I mean just think about it. Who invents all those jobs and careers? We. We invent them. We realize that something could be useful, that there is something which one human being could offer another human being in exchange for money (or other means of living — it doesn’t have to be always money, it can be an exchange of a different kind) and we introduce it as a new job / career. The same is true with sources of income (something you don’t treat as your job or career but which is a way of making money).
Why not invent something yourself? Why always rely on others to invent something before you can use it (or do it)? Why be this regular human being who 99% of the time (or close to that) does something because someone else did that thing before him or her? Why be limited by this existent menu? Of course, this wide menu is in constant flux (gradually certain jobs, careers, sources of income disappear, and new ones appear), but most people can’t deny that they rely only on that. They don’t try to figure out something new. They take a look at what is currently happening and they go “Ok, this thing is still available / makes sense, this thing is no longer available / no longer makes sense, but there is also this new thing which appeared recently”. Of course the majority of them will consider only conventional choices, so their menu will be way shorter.
There is, I think, one category of potential jobs, careers, sources of income which is particularly interesting. It’s called hobbies. Things which people do in their free time, which they enjoy doing, but which they never considered as potential jobs, careers (or something which can evolve in this direction), because the society (the majority of people) habitually doesn’t consider them as potential jobs or careers. Why? Because the majority of people has been told (and has come to believe it) that your work (something you do for a living) is not something people are supposed to enjoy. If you enjoy it call yourself lucky (sometimes it can happen that way, accidentally), but don’t count on it and probably it’s better if you made peace with the fact that most people (honestly almost all) don’t and can’t enjoy working (doing things for a living).
Isn’t it why we have hobbies in the first place? So that we can do something we enjoy after a whole day or week of doing something we don’t like (or hate)? I mean, just think about it! Why is it that most people who have hobbies never try to turn them into their careers? I know why. Because they have this conviction (this mindset) that the thing which you pursue as your hobby could never count as so called “real job / career”. Hobbies are supposed to stay hobbies. And your job, career (something you do for a living — work) isn’t supposed to, or even shouldn’t feel nice.
I think many have this mindset that if what you do is a nice thing to you it doesn’t count as a “real job / career”. Your work is a place where you go reluctantly. Your work is not something you wait for with excitement. Your work is something you bitch about. Your work is “real work” when you live for the weekends. That’s when it’s real, if you can’t wait when it’s Friday afternoon again, and if, on Sunday afternoon, you wish the weekend had three days instead of just two.