*continued from above*
they also believed that their non-work life and activities would be fulfilling enough to them to offset any of the lack of passion they had in their work life. But over time, I did see many people question their decisions and express displeasure about the work they did (some more than others). This seemed particularly acute when they watched their friends or others they knew pursue certain passions and become successful and seemingly fulfilled over them, or it would happen when their personal/social lives didn't go as planned and they felt both dissatisfaction with their work and their personal lives.
Where am I going with this? I don't know.
I'm just typing stream-of-consciousness right now. But one thought that does come to mind is that people should
factor into their career decisions how happy they would be doing a particular sort of work and whether or not it does hold their interest. It seems common-sensical, but yet many people probably do not do it enough. I just thought about how much time is literally spent of one's life doing a particular job compared to all other activities. And even the most typical of jobs requires 40 hours a week of work at 8 hours /day. The majority of one's entire day will be spent on that activity during the work week with maybe a few hours of actual concentrated face time with loved ones and friends afterwards. And while weekends might presumably be free, there are always little things that suck up time and focus from things you may wish and prefer to be doing outside of work and family. There are those trips to the auto-mechanic, doctor's appointments, meetings with financial advisors, home cleaning and repairs (which I hate!), and so on and so forth.
Passion and interest in a person's work can really seem underrated.
....Let me finish and add more next time....but just putting some thoughts out there late tonight.