Oh, the Drudgery
I can’t shake this thought, friends.
What college student knows completely and sincerely what they want to do, with the clearest vision and absolute certainty of their own success? Here we are, at the beginning of our lives, trying to find the one thing that will somehow encompass the bills and our wildest dreams, when life just doesn’t seem to work that way.
Life is about the small moments of “everyday-ness” that we move through in order to reach our goals. Sure it may be slow, maybe even drudgery. I read about drudgery being the touchstone of character last week – what does that mean? Well for starters it means that our lives aren’t lived in those passionately bright moments of excitement (no one has the energy to live every moment at that level…or at least not me!), but in the day-to-day battle of humanity.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t move as intensely as you can to reach your goals, but that how you act and live your life when it isn’t “exciting” or “successful” determines who you are as a person. That’s why drudgery reveals who you really are, because life keeps moving whether we do or not.
The takeaway: decide how you are going to be now, while nothing is happening, when the job rejection letters come, when you can’t see a future like others say they can. Determine how to respond to what you’ve been given, and make people remember who you are, rather than what you’ve done.