We are all asked this question as kids and we give our honest full answers without knowing how much school will be involved, how much money we will or will not make, and how much work it will be to reach our dream jobs. When asked this as a kid I remember saying that I wanted to do hair. I loved being creative and making people pretty. Fortunately, I was able to follow this dream after high school and work in a salon for a couple years. I loved doing hair, loved my coworkers, loved the challenges that were brought to me and best of all I loved making people happy. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to keep this job because the hours were poor and so was the pay and lack of benefits. I needed something different and needed it fast. So, I ended up as a secretary. Set hours, nice pay, great benefits.... yet all my happiness flew right out the window, but I had money and security.
We make sacrifices in our lives to make the best situation possible for ourselves and our families. I am sure there is a happy medium out there somewhere, but I can't seem to find it. I am constantly searching for that piece of me that is missing... that job or career... or maybe to be a stay at home mom. I am praying that it will find me because I honestly don't even know where to start to look to find it. I pray often that I will just find happiness in what I do and from time to time I find that happiness, but it doesn't stay. It disappears quickly and is hard to get back. Why is happiness so hard to hold on to?
I knew that I couldn't go back to being a hairstylist because that would mean a pay cut, hours that are not reliable, and besides that... I am getting older and people want young out of college stylists. So, instead I went to school for psychology. I figured I would still be able to help people and that would be extremely satisfying for me. I finished my bachelors degree right before I had Ethan and swore I'd go back for my masters so I could find a job as a therapist or counselor. Well... I never went back. After having Ethan I realized that what I really wanted, more than anything in the world, was to be a stay at home mom. Something that would be so rewarding, so challenging, so enjoyable, and would give me a better reason of self; however, this is impossible. Our life situation does not allow for me to leave my full time job with nice pay and great benefits and set hours...
When do we draw the line? Why do we sacrificing our happiness just to "make it through life"? Isn't life supposed to bring us happiness and joy? Why are there so many people that hate their jobs and hate what they do, but they do it anyways to have what they have? I don't want all that stuff anymore. I don't want an expensive house with tons of bills. I want a simpler life. Why is it so hard to go back and find simple after we've made it to complicated?