“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius
If I was to ask you to define your dream job, how would you describe it? I don’t mean in terms of companies to work for, or bosses to learn from or countries to travel to. I mean in terms of the actual things you would want the work to expect from you or offer you. What would be the daily job description?
I’d start with something that made me grow, expanded my knowledge, my horizons, helped me learn something new every day. Something that challenged me, just the right amount, not so little that it made me feel underutilized and not so much that i felt burned out. I’d definitely want to have fun along the way, feel empowered to make my own decisions and make a difference in the world around me. Most importantly I would like to feel valued, appreciated by those who I work with, to know that my hard work on a daily basis was recognized and rewarded.
I’ve never met someone who ever described their role as a mother or parent like this. But after 6 months of maternity leave, I had this overwhelming desire to quit my day job and just be a full time mom. It was an odd aspiration for someone like me, who had always had a busy career and never felt the burden of it. Since my daughter’s birth, something fundamentally changed within me.
I pursue my career now for more reasons than just doing well at my job – reasons that include supporting what I could do when I got back home alongside what I could do at the workplace. I cherish my job as a mom so dearly – It teaches me, challenges me, empowers me, overwhelms me, entertains me, rewards me and most of all it makes me feel like the most loved person on earth. What more can I ask for?