Career or Servitude

Career or Servitude I have been thinking lately, what a career is. Is it about making a lot of money? Not necessarily. In some professions yes in others not. In my opinion the essence of a career is the feeling of ‘being somebody’.

The feeling sounds nice as far as the individual is concerned, but what does this orientation do to the society? It becomes more and more comprised of individuals trying to stand out. There is less and less glue among people and the society starts falling apart.

Career-oriented view of life is an intrinsic part of up-bringing and schooling. I never questioned it until I realized one day that trying to ‘be somebody’ is not what I want. The only way my life makes sense is, if I manage to do something for others. Write a blog that inspires readers, publish an inspiring book, smile at people I run into, listen to people that open up to me etc.

From the outside I am doing the same as I was before. I am trying to promote my book. This could be called my second career, because I left the position of a scientific researcher some years ago. However, if I look inside, I am doing it for another reason. I am not trying to ‘be someone’ anymore. I am simply trying to be useful, to serve the people.

Take care,
Helena Smole, author of Balancing the Beast, a book offering a bright view of schizoaffective disorder ˗ bipolar or manic-depressive type

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