October 5th, 2012
I’ve had another busy week that has dragged in places, and there were some issues with the website for a couple of days, but I wanted to remind myself today that I love my job and shouldn’t take it for granted.
That’s probably true of a lot of people reading this as well.
The coolest job in the world often starts to feel like just “work” as we get accustomed to it as normal. Even if it’s not a bad job we actively loathe (and I’ve worked in fast food), we can sleep walk through a good job sometimes.
I have a lot of annoying things I have to do, dealing with small problems, advising students who don’t seem to care as much as they should, grading, faculty meetings, writing grant reports, etc. Still, when I’m teaching, I get to teach about alien planets, stars, black holes, and lots of really cool stuff. How many people get to do that on a daily basis? My research is self-motivated and driven by my own curiosity. No one tells me what to work on. Heck, no one even tells me what hours I have to keep. I’ve got it really good. I mean, really, really good.
I know it, but don’t always think of it when I’m bogged down with a tedious week involving less of the cool stuff and more of the bureaucratic stuff. This afternoon, for instance, I get to go to a seminar about better weighing black holes in the centers of active galaxies….given by my own graduate student about our work. I’ll give my own version of that talk in a few weeks at a meeting in a resort town in the mountains of southern Brazil. Life is good, and I have every reason to be excited and enthusiastic about what I’m doing. Sometimes you hear astronomers say things like, “I have to go to Hawaii again…” and mean it, when they should always be saying, “I get to go to Hawaii again and do some exciting science!”
I wish everyone got to do something that they’re passionate and excited about. If you’re one of the lucky ones like me, don’t take it for granted. Take a minute today to appreciate it.
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