I might be having an existential crisis. Or maybe I am just sick of working in a downtown Los Angeles office building, devoid of sunlight and fun. It seems like every day I become increasingly more uneasy with accepting my current job as my workplace reality for fifteen to 20 years longer (who am I kidding, there is no way I am working twenty more years!). Regardless, I keep returning back to my ever-present thoughts about wanting to build a business, develop a product, pursue my writing, start a partnership with my love Hugo, or basically do anything in my power to walk away from being a government employee that is bound by the strict confines of a 9-to-5 job (in my case, 5am ’til 3pm, when I finally break through the hellish LA traffic that owns the nearby freeways for twenty-three hours of the day).
Hugo is jamming to our favorite Americana music in the kitchen as he makes pork and tofu dumplings for dinner. As he prepped ingredients over the past hour, I sat at the table whilst he chopped and we collectively brainstormed all of the ideas we have about our business pursuits. After making a list, getting excited about things together and dreaming of all the directions we could go, I realized once again just how blessed I am. I am thankful for having Hugo as my support system – it doesn’t get better than having your best friend there by your side, always willing to hash out the day’s events and dream my wildest fairy tales with me. He just shouted from the other room, “I’m so lucky”, a reminder that he feels the same way. It warms my innards to know we are in this thing called life together.
So back to the issue at hand – what direction do I go and how the hell do I get there? The certainty of having a steady career, with excellent pay and benefits, as well as a guaranteed retirement, brings some serious security with it. On the flip side, exploring the unknown and pursuing your passion has a crazy appeal to it. Maybe its because the latter brings an uncharted, entrepreneurial path that is riddled with adventure and no promises, both of which are missing from my current work. Or sometimes we just might be drawn to that which we don’t have or circumstances that differ from our current atmosphere. Either way, I am craving a change and its just a matter of time before I make some moves (exciting, huh??!?).
For now, I will get my clothes ready for a 3am alarm, pack my lunch pail full of the healthiest options I can muster up, try my best to get some solid rest, and, once again, wake up to start another Tuesday in the City of Angels.