Work and Play: One in the Same

Everyone says work hard, play hard, but everyone also says you should love what you do…so wouldn’t it make sense if the two words are synonymous?

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I mean, obviously there are some differences: you can’t hit the bars at work, you can’t (or really shouldn’t) say certain things at work and you can wear pretty much whatever you want when not at work.

But those differences aside, if you really love your work and the people you work with, getting up Monday through Friday to go to work, shouldn’t make you cringe.

I know what you’re thinking: Why should you listen to the bright-eyed, 21 year old, white girl?

I started working…well, babysitting when I was 14 years old.

My real job came two years later. I worked at a retail store in a mall in Northeast Ohio. I was miserable, but I was making money.

Since then, I’ve worked as an editorial intern, television show reporter and producer, craft store manager and freelancer. Out of all of those, the only one I didn’t enjoy was working at a craft store. Why? Because it was not the line of work I want to do.

What I do want to do, is what I’ll be doing this summer: working with a video team to create some incredible content in an incredible city.

Even though I don’t start this work for another two months, every time I think about it I get excited. I get excited about the idea of working 40+ hours a week staring through cameras and editing software.

I get excited about work, and that’s the way it should be.

You shouldn’t have to wake up and spend hours of your day, of your life, to do something you feel like you’re doing just for the money.

With technology and opportunities today, there is no reason to settle for anything less than what you want to. Study what interests you, follow your mind, follow your passion.

Get excited about the thing you’re going to spend a lot of your time doing. Enjoy your work, enjoy your surroundings.

Do work and have fun at the same time.

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