If you turn your hobby into your job, you’re always working.
If you love your job, you never have to work.
These two sentences are basically two sides of the same coin. And they both equally apply to me.
My daytime job is managing the servers of our company. I’ve got a dozen servers under my watchful eye, and I’m responsible for both keeping the gears turning, as for implementing feature requests.
And it’s a job I love. I get the chance to play with Macs on a daily basis, always have a mini or two to tinker with, and I get paid to test, invent and try new things.
It’s also a job I hate. I have issues and support tickets coming in 24/7, and I always have a mini or two to repair. I get paid to support, to guard and to react.
But the strangest thing is, the longer I run this job, the less I thinker with my Macs at home. At home, I grab an iPad or Mac and I read. I write. But I almost never create anymore.
I planned studying php, or dive into iOS development. But when your daily jobs means juggling code al day, and diving into Terminal for yet another ACL change, when you get home there’s not really any motivation to do something digital anymore.
It’s easy to burnout that way. I used to play with Macs to relax. Not anymore.
If people ask me whether I love my job, I always answer yes. But I’ve you’d ask me whether I hated it, the answer would be a vocal Yes!
Obi-Wan: “So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.”
Luke: “A certain point of view?”
Obi-Wan: “Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.”