I Ate Out
January 25, 2010 3 Comments
One of my friends that I met while I was on vacation in the Netherlands in July was in Cleveland. You know, the one who just accepted an assistant professorship in Chemistry in Switzerland. He was meeting with some collaborators in Cleveland and since I live within driving distance, I decided to go visit him. Especially since I’d never been to Cleveland.
Since he was visiting from out of country and I was definitely far from home, we ate out both days I was there. I felt so guilty for it, but at the same time I knew that I had freebie days for just this reason. So Saturday and Sunday I ate out – every meal. Now it is Monday and back to the regular routine of life and cooking.
Going away for the weekend has a surreal feeling about it that makes me think about life. I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and one of the quotes on the wall said something like “If you aren’t doing what you love, you’re wasting your time.” So of course I thought about whether I truly love what I do.
I believe that what I’m doing can help people. But not in a tangible “now” kind of way.
I’m not convinced I’m on the path to doing what I love. But when I think about it, I can’t think of anything else that I would “love” more. Which makes me realize even more that that feeling of love and accomplishment may not necessarily come from a fulfilling career – but from a truly fulfilling life.