Growing up my parents always told me to do what makes me happy, that no amount of money will ever make up for doing something that you don’t enjoy. I didn’t really understand that at a younger age, being the kid that I was, I thought money is what made people happy. I mean c’mon rich people always look so happy on tv so why wouldn’t I want to be like them, so I didn’t catch on to that for a while. Nowadays I wholeheartedly believe that the only way to do good work is to love what you do.
My mother always comes home with stories about her job, they’re exciting and she tells them with passion, you could tell that she really enjoys what she does. And after listening to these stories I figured that maybe the only way to do good work is to love what you do. And when you can’t do this you feel lost, like a machine just going through the motions of life. You don’t feel alive. This motto to live by applies to everything, you have to love what you do, I personally find that when I play lacrosse I do good work, I find that I enjoy spending my time hanging out with the team and just having fun. I love lacrosse, it’s helped me through some hard times and I genuinely do better in school when it’s going well, actually, I do better in everything. I guess I used lacrosse as a stress reliever, it helped me get my mind off things and helped me do better work in all aspects of my life.
Lacrosse was my medicine for a hard day’s work, and Recently I haven’t been able to play due to an injury, and since then I haven’t been as happy. Not being able to do what I love has taken its toll on my life, it’s affected my ability to relieve stress which sucks because I’m under a lot of pressure right now. That’s kind of the root of the belief, doing what you love helps you relieve stress and if you can’t do that you’ll begin to feel overwhelmed, lost, and overall just sad; that being said there are still other things that make you happy but it’s not the same.
I know lacrosse isn’t a career, and it probably never will be for me, but what I’m trying to say is that everyone needs to do something that they love. Be it their job or even just a hobby, because being happy is the most important thing you can do for yourself, and it’ll help you get through rough times.