The Thing About Doing What You Love...

By Real Talk by Alex Castillo - 8:44:00 AM

In photo: It was one of those days —
here’s me squeezing in some time for a (late) lunch before my next set of cut-to-cut meetings. 

One of the things that has always stuck with me when I graduated college was that whatever profession I went into, I needed to love it. "It" meaning the job, the industry, and the actual work that I would be doing. 

I experienced the opposite of that in my first job. Although my first salvo in the corporate world gave me great returns; money, health benefits, independence, experience--It didn't really give me a sense of fulfillment or happiness about my work. 

Luckily, I was able to find that in my second job as a PR & Advertising practitioner in one of the Philippines' most-respected creative agencies. I love what I am doing, I am given opportunities I never thought I would have, I learn from experience (with the job and with the many people I meet/work with), and I earn. At this point in my life, I can actually say that I am content and happy with where I am when it comes to work. 

What I didn't realize though was that this happiness and sense of fulfillment comes with a price; which comes in the form of an incredible struggle between work-life balance. 

Sure, you here it a lot from millennials nowadays, "ang hirap magka-work-life balance, beh" "sorry, di ako makalabas ngayon, sobrang pagod ko eh."

But no matter how ever you phrase it, what we're losing is time; personal time with our families, friends, and loved ones...which I didn't realize was so important until I started seeing how I was losing touch (in one way or another) with my family and friends (outside of work) because I choose to rest and sleep during my free time. 

It's a weird thing being in control of your life. At the end of the day, it's really the choices you make that matter and how you decide to make the most of the time you have with the people around you. 

It's a struggle, but it's worth it. Nobody ever said that fighting for something that's worth it was easy. 

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