Jun 05 2012
Katharine Hepburn said, “Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around.” I’ve always had to support myself. When I was in college, there were many trust fund babies, you remember the ones that always had the new car, fancy clothes, and money to do whatever they wanted to do. My parents, even though they could have afforded that indulgence, did not subscribe to that way of living. Nope. All four of us started working at the hotels in high school. In college I was the kid who had the job on campus between classes so I could have my “pin money”. You name the job, I’ve done it, but what I’ve learned along the way is that I like working. It gives me direction, purpose, and I have the satisfaction of having my own money. And when you have your own money, you have freedom. Freedom to do what you want, purchase what you want, with no one telling you that you can’t. (Of course this is after all the monthly bills have been satisfied.) The fifth step of The Way is to participate in meaningful work that adds value to your life and the lives of others. If you don’t work outside the house, and we all know that taking care of a house and children is tough work, volunteer at a project in your community or church that has meaning for you. And if you don’t like the job you’re currently working? Perhaps it’s time to retrain yourself for something that interests you. The world is vast, the opportunities endless. (don’t listen to the media) Get out there and suck the marrow from life.