I'm not the type of person who makes New Year resolutions, I've talked about this before, but to be frank I just do not believe they work. They are goal oriented and do nothing for you in the long term. Saying that though, each year I try to find something to focus on for the year, something about myself or my life that I want to change, improve.
Over the past couple of years I've not had a focus. Life has been seemingly going well so I have become a little lazy on this front. But life being life things did change anyway. I left my previous job, an act that was way bigger than even I fully appreciated. I loved that job, even with it's frustrations. My new job is good in many ways, but it's just a job. I don't have a passion for it like I did for the last one.
This job is only the second one I have had since leaving University, which means that I have not had a job that I am not passionate about before. The first year has been interesting in many ways, moving from a small tight-knit company to a large, geographically spread one. Learning new skills, meeting new people has kept me interested. But now I find that one year in it's all become a little regular.
So what am I to do? Many people work in jobs that they are not passionate about. They find their passions elsewhere, they "work to live, not live to work". That's a very sensible way to look at things, getting the work/life balance right. Maybe I'm just not sensible, but I want to be passionate about the work that I do, I enjoyed life that way. So I say again, what am I to do? Both in the immediate future and beyond.
That brings us neatly back to 2007. To be able to decide on a focus for the year, I would need to know what I want to change, where I want to go from here and I just don't have those answers. Yet.
But then perhaps that's the focus I should take. Work out what I want to do and how I'm going to get there. Could be quite a challenge.