** The first two books in my six part dystopian series have officially made their way out into the world! Check them out!
For the sake of blogging and self-exploration and contemplation, I’ve been slowly making my way through answering questions from this list.
Today’s question: If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
I realize upon reflecting on this question that currently in my life, I’m very fortunate. I hesitate to use the world “lucky” because I don’t think it’s luck that brought me to where I am in life at the moment, but rather, karma, and my ability to learn to let go of trying to control my life.
I’ve asked myself more than once over the past two years, “If my writing took off to a point where I could support myself on my books alone, would I keep my job?” The answer to the question above is synonymous with the answer to the question within this paragraph. Yes, I would probably keep my job, because I’m doing something important. I get to help save lives, and I get to use my creativity to do it. I’m surrounded by animals every day (LITERALLY MY PERFECT LIFE) and around people with as much passion for animals as I have, and they’re wonderful people, and I don’t have to struggle to find my place.
I still don’t like the question, “Are you happy?” because happiness is fluid and not a constant. Am I in a good place in my life? Yes. Am I grateful? Do I find meaning in my days? All yes. Am I sometimes still sad about things not meant for me in life? Sometimes, yeah. We can’t all have everything in life, and I’ve learned to sit back and let life itself do some of the driving. However, what I’m doing is what I’m supposed to do, and even if I didn’t need the money, I’d still want to do what I’m doing. So I guess in a world where contentment with your job equals a huge paycheck, (if your salary depended upon how much you cared about / loved / found passion for your job) I’d definitely be banking it, and I know that’s not something a lot of people can say, so I truly am thankful.