On a Mission!
by Beverley Paine
Just realised I don't have a job or a career, I have a mission. And I've been living that mission for more than three decades. That's awesome. Would like this feeling of contentment with that to last.
Deschooling myself is a slow and clunky process. I was trained to think that I needed a job and a career to be a worthwhile person. Motherhood became my career - yuck! Being a mother isn't a career , never was. Home education became my career - yuck! Same thing: it's not a career. Writing became a career - double yuck! Writing is the way I express myself, it's not a career, it's an essential aspect of my personality.
These things for me were vocations, things I was drawn to do, had to do, had no choice but do because doing them 'is' me. I was lucky to realise early in the doing of them that I could do them the way I needed to do them, that I didn't really have any other choice: doing them is an expression of who I am. So I lose track and become discontented when I think motherhood and home education and writing are jobs or careers. I fall into depression because I think that I need to perform in some way to achieve recognition and acceptance from others in these areas. I devalue these areas of my life, I devalue myself, when I fall into this conditioned way of thinking.
Mission. Work, actions, life made meaningful. Me.
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