What brings you life? What brings joy? People ask these questions as if the answer should be on the tip of my lips and something I inherently know and feel. But I struggle to articulate what lights me up from within because I think of everything besides work. You aren’t supposed to answer work, are you?
Here’s the thing: I don’t paint. I don’t garden. I don’t even like to shop. I have difficulty with the “hobby” question. I have things I like to do– swim, be with my family, be in nature, but I wouldn’t particularly call these hobbies. I think of a hobby as something you devote time, money, and effort to. In return, the hobby gives you back vivacity, joy, and goodness.
I like to work. I like getting things done. If I am at the dentist’s or waiting in the pick-up line at school, I will open my email and work 9 out of 10 times. I will rarely scroll through Instagram or play a game on my phone.
I used to believe my love of work made me strange. I worried I was imbalanced in my schedule and “should” find hobbies. I bought gloves in case I wanted to work in the garden. However, as I have aged (like a fine wine I might add), I have become more comfortable with my passion for work. I see it for what it is: a holistic way for me to do my favorite things.
Firstly, I hang out with friends. My job affords me life alongside my favorite humans in the world. They are generous, compassionate, and fun. I devote time to them and find so much life and joy, as they return all that I give them plus more. The people at Compass are part of the best ways I spend my most precious resource: time.
I also get to creatively dream. Dreaming brings so much joy. It is not just our tagline; it is my lifelong passion. I love to see what dreams can become. Asking what can happen when people get together and push a dream into reality is thrilling. Because I love this so, Compass will be investing money into dreams this year. If you go on a retreat and come up with a dream, we may just invest money into seeing that dream become a reality. I can’t wait to see the effects! Dreams are a way I spend money and get so much happiness in return.
I also get to put effort into people—determination into staff and clients believing each will grow. People can bloom into such beautiful souls when given a little bit of time, education, and direction. Over my career, I have seen some of the most stunning blooms of people. I have a garden of individuals being their best and it is gorgeous.
So, in my math, work CAN be a hobby. As I put time, money, and effort into Compass, I see the beautiful garden all around me. People growing and living their dreams is the best hobby!
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