“Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.” ~Edward Gibbon
Are you in a job that allows you to use your capabilities?
I spent much of my adult life working in the insurance industry, a field that rarely gave me the opportunity to use my strengths. I had not chosen this career, merely stumbled into it. An insurance company offered me a job, and I took it. I tried and tried to make the proverbial silk purse of it and failed.
In my forties, I decided to go to graduate school to pursue something that might actually suit me. Although I loved my educational psychology classes and did extremely well, my problem wasn’t solved.
It took almost another twenty years of interim jobs until I finally found a position in my new field. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t all I had hoped for, but it was an environment in which I felt comfortable.
Now that I am officially retired, I have begun writing fiction, something that is a near-perfect match for my introverted personality and artistic interests.
If you are still in the workforce, are you using your capabilities? If you are retired, have you found a job or hobby that lets you be you?