I wrote earlier about the fact that I’m training for my first marathon. 26.2 miles is a long, long way to run, I’m beginning to realize. Saturday is my long run day. I wake up long before my family members, belt on my fanny pack, plop in my water and gel pack, lace up my sneakers and go. I’m now running about 8.5 miles; not a lot in terms of 26, but more than I have run since the birth of my second daughter. And I’m definitely not a speedster, which means I have ample time each morning to think about everything that I need to think about, and then a little time to think about things that I never really thought I’d think about, if you know what I mean.
This morning as I ran I thought about my personality, and how well it is geared toward what I do for a living. In fact, I’d have to say I can’t think of a better fit. Writing takes a lot of ability to spend ample time alone. I can’t write when others are surrounding me (which is why my daughter took an early nap today, due to a work deadline). However, if you are writing about things that require research and interviews, you must also have a social sense, which I feel I do. I like to meet new people, but I also like my space. Writing blends the two perfectly.
Then I began to wonder how often what we choose to do for a living is directly connected to our personalities. I began thinking of people that I know and matching their personalities to their careers. There is my best friend, a music teacher. She’s talkative, bubbly and fun. Yes, her career fits. My mom, an English teacher. When I was growing up I would say, “I goed too fast,” and she would answer instinctively, “Oh, you went too fast?” I have a friend who works as a cashier in a store; she’s bubbly and personable and loves to laugh. Another works as a photographer. He’s an introvert and enjoys quiet time and being alone.
So how about you? Does your career fit your personality? If it does, are you happy with what you do? And if it doesn’t, do you hate it?
As I ran I decided that people who are happy with their career choices must be working in one that fits their personalities. Those who are unhappy, well, perhaps they’ve gotten into something that just doesn’t match who they instinctively are. This must be easy to do, considering that many of us choose career paths when we are young and continue on that path even though we do change over time. I’ll have to say that I always knew I wanted to write; I just never realized how important that was until I hit my thirties and saw that you work for a really, really, really long time in your life, and that if you aren’t happy with our career you’ll end up miserable for a long time.
So, Wednesday’s question to you is does what you do match your personality?