We have all heard it before. People come in two categories; those who live to work and those who work to live.
It is time to dispel the myth of working to live.
There is no such thing.
If you spend the majority of your time working, you are living to work, period.
The difference then is those that are finding true fulfillment in their work and those that are not.
Because that is the case, it is imperative that we do everything possible to find work that stimulates us. Or to put it another way, find a way to make our work more stimulating. And the more it stimulates us the healthier we will be.
Taking a quick audit of historic figures or even people we know that have lived long lives shows most have been doing something every day that they were passionate about.
Artists definitely fall into this category and while the majority of them don’t make great money, they seem to live life in a constant state of discovery.
Aaron Copeland lived to be 90. Vladimir Horowitz lived well into his late 80’s. Marian McPartland, the famous jazz pianist was born in 1918 and is still playing.
So while we can’t all be artists we can try to approach our work with a level of passion that will get us up and keep us going.
Live to work!