I've been thinking and reading a lot lately about what I want to do with my life, and read countless AskMes along those lines
(to link just a few). However they always seem to come down to the same question for which there is no definitive answer: is it better to pursue a career in something you love for less money/stability, or settle for something which pays the bills and pursue your interests in your spare time? Simply put, is it better to live to work, or work to live?
I've read Grumblebee's fantastic "passion" comment
several times (which falls heavily on the "work to live" side), but many other excellent comments have made a similar case for being paid to do what you love. Obviously the answer is different for everyone, but I'm interested to hear from people who've lived and experienced this, and what (if any) conclusion you might have come to.
To be a bit more snowflakey, I'm currently in a job which is both and neither: I don't hate it but my heart's not in it; it pays the bills (just) but leaves me too tired to do anything in my spare time. I know I need a change, but for various reasons I'm going to stick it out for the time being, and I want to use that time to figure out my next move.
I'm a highly creative and analytical person, but I'm afraid that if I try to pursue a creative career then the pressure to create will kill my productivity. I'm ok with not earning as much as other people, but I also don't want to have to struggle to make ends meet.
On the other hand, the thought of spending 40 hours a week for the next 40 years doing something I don't truly care about fills me with dread. I can't escape the thought that all my hard work is ultimately only making rich men even richer.
Perhaps this is a false dichotomy of sorts, and in reality it's better to find something halfway between the two - but I'm halfway between the two now, and I feel like I'm in limbo.
I'm going to stop short of actually asking "what do I do with my life?". Really what I'm asking is: how do you handle work/life balance, and what are the pros & cons of each approach?