“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” FALSE.

Aug 6, 2017

Missy Mwac

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“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” FALSE.

Aug 6, 2017

Missy Mwac

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I would like to find who originally coined that phrase, get in a time machine, go back in time to when he/she was a tiny baby, and take them to an island to be raised by wolves so this sentiment would never make it into the world.
Because as nice as it sounds, it’s simply not true.

Listen, I love being a parent, but it’s freaking hard work. And as much as I love my children; heck, I’d walk through fire and die a thousand deaths for them, there were still days I wanted to sell them to the gypsies.
The same goes for whatever it is YOU do.

You might love it, but there will be days you don’t like it as much. Days you feel like throwing in the towel. Days when it goes wrong. Days when you tried a thing and it failed big time. Days when it’s all so awful you could sell tickets to the mess that is your life.
THIS. IS. NORMAL.

And, more importantly, EVERYONE feels it, despite what their Instagram account looks like. You know what I mean, pictures of fabulousness so over the top you wonder what the heck you are doing wrong. (I’ll tell you what…you are believing all that nonsense is REAL.)

When you are having days where you can’t find the love, find the perspective. Seek it out. Grab a hold of it and hold on tight. Perspective is the life raft in a sea of sludge. It will get you safely through the doubts, insecurity and emotion to the other side, where wine and Netflix are waiting.

Remember when you hit a rough patch that this, too, will pass.
For while sh*t happens, my friends, sh*t also washes off.
You’ve got this.

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Lynn Cartia (AKA Missy Mwac) is a photographer/eater of bacon/drinker of vodka and a guide through the murky waters of professional photography. You can follow her social media links here: FacebookTumblr. This article is also published here and shared with permission.

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8 responses to ““If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” FALSE.”

  1. Amede Phonon Avatar
    Amede Phonon

    Known fact for academic researchers.

  2. Stephan Hughes Avatar
    Stephan Hughes

    Ha. I do what I love and it is still work.

  3. Jason Rodier Avatar
    Jason Rodier

    Actually true. I love photography but hated some job with magazine or corporate. Besides I loved every little client I’ve got make me feel useful and bringing joy.

  4. Shachar Weis Avatar
    Shachar Weis

    When what you love doing stops being fun, congratulations. You’ve become a professional.

  5. stewart norton Avatar
    stewart norton

    If you do anything long enough you won’t love it. I love pizza but i get sick of it if i had it everyday. I shoot mostly wedding and i love the start of the season but must admit come oct/nov i’ve had enough and i am ready for a break. Then come march the next year i love them again ;-)

  6. Mark DeSantos Avatar
    Mark DeSantos

    Don’t agree with it. If you really love what you do and something is starting to ruin it or whatever then make a change from it.

  7. Think Again Avatar
    Think Again

    And the hyperbole wheel keeps on spinning… Which is more obvious – That one should choose a career path they are passionate about, or, that any goal worth achieving will require persistence, resolve and determination? Chicken, meet egg.

  8. Mark Niebauer Avatar
    Mark Niebauer

    In a world of infinite negative feedback, constant criticism, and only fleeting moments of encouragement, never forget, you don’t have to listen to anyone,“Because in this new world, no one knows anything. The haters, the doubters, are all drinking champagne on the top deck of the Titanic, and we’re the fucking iceberg.

    Art has become “unattainable and incomprehensible” for a wide audience. The lack of knowledge of history of art and of philosophy, has effectively discouraged the interpretation of the symbolic message. This is why study is the most important thing or you become like the rest of the dumbed down zombie public.