"It’s mediocrity, fear and confusion in disguise. It’s neither doing nor not doing. It’s the wobbling compromise that makes no one happy. Moderation is for the bland, the apologetic, for the fence-sitters of the world afraid to take a stand. It’s for those afraid to laugh or cry, for those afraid to live or die.” -Dan Millman
I am not that old. But, I've noticed the longer I work, the more I see fellow co-workers in their 30's, 40's, and 50's, who have kind of hit the wall in their career, but somehow need the money more than ever. You know, to pay for all that “stuff”: Big cars, big houses in the suburbs, golf clubs, social status, all that kind of "stuff".
They're disgruntled. They're bitter and they hate their job, but they love their “stuff”. They rationalize that they don't have a choice. They have children, rent, mortgages and responsibilities, that kinda "stuff." But, they also have a lot of “stuff”, which requires ever more time and energy.
I figure the more time you invest into "stuff," the more energy is needed to compensate for the fact that basically, you hate your job... That you never liked your job... That all along, it’s always been about the “stuff”.
Unfortunately, it's usually these people who are the first on the cutting block. Their bosses always end up getting rid of them, but only after dragging them around and sucking them dry of their enthusiasm and creativity.
So, please decide to love what you do and most importantly, Do It. The sooner the better. Don't let your creativity go to waste. Devoting your life to "stuff" is really no way to live.
No Grits No Glory