Productivity & Work

From vocation to vacation

We all want a vocation that compels us to grow, not just in skills but as human beings. That’s why we attach so much to a profession — we become one with the work.

Yet, we are still drilled to separate work and play. We’re supposed to adopt hobbies as an escape from everydayness. But what if all doing was just one continuous thread of the enjoyment of interest?

Adorno describes his “hobbies”

The old factory mentality of 8 hours of work, 8 hours of rest, and 8 hours of whatever we want makes us feel like cogs rather than learners.

“8 hours of work, 8 hours of rest, and 8 hours of what we will.”

Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, 1886

Inhaling the concept of work and play as disparate experiences can put a dent in the passion so vital to longevity.

We can still act like tourists in our own backyard.

“The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.”

Mark Twain

By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.