"Unproductive pleasures pall eventually. After a while, you get tired of lying on the beach. If you want to stay happy, you have to do something."A Chai Latte, every morning, sitting outside for a couple of hours does sound nice, but eventually I get bored. Something that I am rediscovering is that I love my job. In my free time, I read teaching books because I find them fascinating. I analyze my student's performance, read and reread their writing and constantly search for new things to do in my classroom because I find it fun.
My career is my hobby. However, lately I've been concentrating on some of the not so fun things of my job - paperwork, office politics, test scores, blah. My goal for the new year will be to find more of a balance and bring more of the aspects of teaching that I like back into focus while the rest can fall away.
"Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you'd like to like."Truth be told, I would love recognition as a teacher. I see others getting awards and being acknowledged for their accomplishments and a little voice inside me asks, "what about me?". This attitude is making me unhappy. This year, I plan to search for what makes me happy and what I want to accomplish. When work is fun, I work harder.
If you would like to read Paul Graham's original article, you can find the link here.