There is a truth that I have been confronted with again in the past few days. It’s one I’ve come into contact with numerous times before but it surprises me every time I’m reminded of it.
If you don’t enjoy a particular activity, you have difficulty understanding how anyone else can!
I’ve had a couple of people ask how I’m “holding up” or if I’ve “recovered” after my summer youth theater experience. Granted, it was the end of a 7 month run of theater commitments but I enjoy theater and I enjoy working with students ranging from 5th grade up through college age and every theater experience I was a part of during that time involved kids somewhere in that age range so I don’t get why people think I need to recover or wouldn’t be holding up well because of the theater involvement.
Then I remember – not everyone is energized by being involved in something theatrical! Every single person has that one “thing” that really gets their pistons firing and their endorphins flowing. But it’s different for every person walking on planet earth.
Confucius said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” For me, such a job would involve the performing arts and the age group I mentioned above – 5th grade up through college. When I mention that to people, I get looks that range from “She’s nuts!” to “She is such a strange and fascinating creature to have such bizarre interests!”
All I know is the theater productions I work with NEVER feel like work to me. True, there are frustrating days and stressful moments, but when the curtain goes up, I cannot imagine being anywhere else!
So what about you? What makes you tick?