Some people live to eat; others simply eat to live.
In other words, food can be such a passion for some people that finding, buying, preparing and consuming it are their main reasons for living; while others see the things they eat simply as fuel that they need to pump into their bodies so they have enough energy to get on with the rest of their lives.
Work can be like that.
That’s what I was driving at last week when I said there were two very different ways to look at what we do for a living.
For those of you who didn’t catch that column, the point was that you can either find something you love to do and then try to make money by doing that, or you can find something that will earn enough money for you to do the things you love to do in your free time.
I’m going to carry on with that theme, but before I do I should mention that all the Mind Your Own Business pieces from the past few years are available on The Voice website: www.thevoicebw.com under the ‘columns’ heading.
I realise most of the time most of us are not in a position to choose or change what we do for a living; we have responsibilities, we have bills, we have families to look after.
But every once in a while there is a chance to change our path so I think it is worth considering how we would like to live. Students should also consider this before getting locked into a narrow field of study.
I recently had the privilege of sitting in on a song writing and arranging session with a couple of young head bangers.
These kids aren’t making loads of money yet from their music but they are professionals – they will be performing in Birmingham, London and Liverpool this week – and they are great examples of people doing what they love to do.
Watching them at work was a pleasure because they were enjoying themselves so much. It was like they were getting high just from doing what they do for a living and I imagine performing on stage must give them even more of a kick.
I’ve never got anything like that from my work and I have to admit I was a little bit jealous… well, at least for a little while.
When I thought about it, though, I realised I don’t have any one thing that I am so passionate about that I would want to do it all the time.
I like to do lots of things and to tell you the truth, writing isn’t very close to the top of the list; but it pays the bills it doesn’t take up all my time and I enjoy it enough to want to do it well.
So I guess what I’m trying to say here is if there is one thing that you are passionate about like food or making music then it might be a good idea to follow your dream and make that passion your life; but if you have many interests, it might make more sense look at work as a way of getting the fuel – money that is – you need to do the things you want to do.