Jan 08, 2019 23:20:56

Vocation Not Work

by @keenencharles | 225 words | 5🔥 | 59💌 | 17💧

Keenen Charles

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The word 'work' comes with a lot of baggage. It instantly conjures the image of someone physically or mentally toiling at some task until it's thankfully over. This association comes from the most common form of work, a job that provides money for yourself and your family in exchange for your time and skills. There's a misinterpretation that occurs when we describe creative activities as work because of this.

To the creative while the tasks they do are most certainly work it's not as taxing as other forms of labour. It's work borne out of an innate desire that goes beyond the tasks to get it done. Building a side project is filled with a ton of menial tasks that few would do for free but many choose to in their spare time. Many do without any immediate financial incentives. It's as much a hobby as it is work.

Vocation is a more apt description. The word originates from the early 15th century and references the call by God to the priesthood. Creative work is a bit similar. It's an inner call to create in whichever medium you prefer. It's work but with a motivation that comes from within and not just as a requirement to live. Being able to live off your vocation and not just work, that's the ultimate goal as a creative.

Originally published at keenen.xyz

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    @keenencharles I love what you wrote.
    A discovery that (any) work isn't something that starts orends came onto me a few years ago, and yet the habitual attitude of "from to/till" comes back non stop. Actually <<Being able to live off your vocation and not just work>> is my ultimate dream (after I genuinely achieved all [well, there were just 2] important, "real" other ones). And right now, first time, maybe ever, I know that writing the 200wad (even though it has been just 7 days), thinking about what to write, finding sources, checking information, having fun inventing little stories, weighing (sometimes for a really unsettling.ly long time) words IS WORK! And I love it!
    @basilesamel Thank you, what you did and keep doing here can change lives, obviously!

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 10, 2019 14:19:44
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      @keenencharles @lucjah thanks Lucjah ❤️ I will keep doing my best and aim to be better too! Your words mean a lot to me

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 10, 2019 14:25:56
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      @lucjah thanks! I hadn't even considered that 200wad is technically work too 😅 but it's another bit of "work" I'm happy to get done every day.

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Jan 10, 2019 15:54:26
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      @keenencharles yea... it all dependd how you define work, doesn't it? Nowadays we try to do it, but it's rather complicated. HouseWORK is called work, and yet not really perceived (nor compensated!) that way, even though one can do it for hours everyday (sometimes putting into it a lot of effort and devotion and... actually love). There are people writing books, painting, inventing, while being supported by somebody (so NOT working), or supporting themselves with eg family money or "working" a profession they do not even like... There is an idea of UBI, regular income not depending on the work you are or are not doing... Tricky...

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 11, 2019 11:52:54
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      @lucjah great points it all comes down to how you define work. UBI is a really interesting idea, it could potentially lead to more people pursuing work that doesn't have the best income but they're naturally inclined to. I'd like to see more long-term trials and the results of it.

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Jan 11, 2019 20:33:26
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