So is life I think. I often ask, “who am I and how am I known,” but I think it’s better to ask myself, “who do you want to be,” “what do you want to become,” and “how do you want to be known in the future,” and start doing things in the present that reflect that. It’s no surprise that I often feel stuck or lost. I’m actively avoiding the present and hindering my future when I keep looking over my shoulder without the power to rewind. So instead of hitting replay in my mind to analyze moments that have already faded out, I’m pressing play and taking hold of today because it whispers into tomorrow and hurls stepping stones into the future. I’m going to be present in my narrative, because this scene has a purpose, and I intend to find out what it is so I can be proud of my character development in the pages to come."
“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.
If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves, what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing."
other quotes from the article i really like:
"According to this way of thinking, labor is not something one does for compensation but is an act of love. If profit doesn’t happen to follow, presumably it is because the worker’s passion and determination were insufficient. Its real achievement is making workers believe their labor serves the self and not the marketplace."
"Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life! Before succumbing to the intoxicating warmth of that promise, it’s critical to ask, “Who, exactly, benefits from making work feel like nonwork?” “Why should workers feel as if they aren’t working when they are?” In masking the very exploitative mechanisms of labor that it fuels, DWYL is, in fact, the most perfect ideological tool of capitalism. If we acknowledged all of our work as work, we could set appropriate limits for it, demanding fair compensation and humane schedules that allow for family and leisure time."
this. this. this. this.