Career vs Vocation
大耳朵英语  http://www.bigear.cn  2009-01-06 19:58:51  【打印
Work at a job to earn or for quality of life.

As a child I was always counseled by parents and teachers to study hard, work diligently and get good grades. The earliest memories I have are of my kindergarten teacher telling us the fable of the ant and the cricket and repeatedly hammering it into us kids that we had to work hard so that we could enjoy after we got ourselves good jobs. Of course it goes without saying the "good jobs" were well paying jobs and all of us had to aim for those. No one ever asked us what we actually wanted to do. It was all about work hard, study, then get a job and make money.

All I wanted to do was read novels and write them – but creative writing is not something that is encouraged. It does not ensure a five figure salary. I was brainwashed all through school to become a doctor and even pushed into taking science in high school. I know many people who sing well, are wonderful painters or the most awesome cooks but were not allowed to pursue these talents as a vocation. This has resulted in a work force that is full of mediocre workers stifled in their nine-to-five jobs, while their true purpose, their true vocation is forgotten.

A true vocation is something that is sheer joy to work at. It liberates, it sets the soul on fire. It is a pleasure to watch a person who is motivated by his own self. It is a rare and absolutely uplifting sight. I once had the pleasure of watching a few young people singing and playing the guitar on a hillside. The pure joy in their faces and in the music they made - it was wonderful.

This brings me to the crux of the matter - Is it important to make money or is it important to follow your dream? I wanted to write so I wiggled out of the career in medicine that my parents hoped I would pursue. It is another matter that many years passed before I could seriously take up writing. I truly believe that it is important to follow your dream - unless of course your dream is to rule the world or harm other people or damage the ecology. In me, I think the world lost a mediocre doctor who's heart would not be in healing - so it was no great loss. It would have just been a career - not a vocation.

为挣钱而工作,抑或为快乐而工作

当我还是个孩子的时候,父母和老师都劝我用功读书,勤奋学习,获得好分数。我最早的记忆,是幼儿园老师给我们讲了蚂蚁和蟋蟀的故事,并再三叮嘱我们这些孩子必须要努力奋斗,才能有好工作,而后享受自己的劳动果实。当然,老师的故事里没提过好工作就是报酬高的工作,也没强制我们所有人都得争取那样的工作。但没有人想过问我们真正想做什么。所有的一切只不过是要努力工作学习,找到好工作,赚钱而已。

我渴望读小说,渴望自己写小说,但是文学创作并不是值得鼓励的事情。依靠它吃饭都无法挣得足以谋生的钱。在学校里,我被彻底的洗脑,要成为一名医生,最终,我被迫进入大学学习科学。我知道许多有着天籁之音的歌者,许多拥有神来之笔技能的画者,以及许多天赋异鼎的厨师,都不能选择这些自己具备才能的职业,导致中职场中充满了被朝九晚五的枯燥生活折腾的不厌其烦的平庸之辈,而他们真正的追求,真正适合的职业,被遗忘了。

正确的职业能使人全身心沉浸在工作的快乐中,身心自由且激情洋溢,发自内心的想要提升自己并引以为乐,这种情绪上的振奋是纯粹且少见的。我曾看过一群年轻人在山下唱着歌,弹着吉他,是一副何等快乐的情景。他们的脸上,他们的音乐中,无一不洋溢着这样极致的快乐,真是美妙!

这件事让我明白事情的关键在于——挣钱重要,还是追寻自己的梦想重要?我渴望写作,所以我一直在父母期冀我走上的医学之路上踌躇不前。很多年过后,我才真正的重拾写作之路,这就是另外一个故事了。我真诚的相信,追寻自己的梦想,十分重要——当然,如果你的梦想是统治世界或者伤害他人抑或破坏生态环境就除外了。在我看来,我认为世界上少了一个普普通通的没有工作热情的医生,实在是不值一提的小事。这不过是一份工作,而非事业。

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