I wake up every day looking forward to going to work; Do you ever remember when was the last time you got up on a Monday morning saying ‘Today is a good day’?
Once I rise I say ‘Today is a good day’ and then get out of bed. It doesn’t matter how am I feeling at that moment; I developed the habit of starting the day with a positive sentence like ‘Today is a good/great/beautiful day’
I would repeat the phrase as many times around the clock; I even have it written on my desk, on my bedroom wall and on doors. Sometimes I would scribble it on the back of my hands.
When I tell myself this over and over, my mind becomes accustomed to seeing every thing from a positive perspective. My mind filter grows thicker and stronger against any negative thoughts such as tiredness, stress, being lethargic or agitated, worrying and so on.
But I found out that this is not enough; it helps but sometimes negative things happen and I can’t help but let them overwhelm me and break into the filter.
So I started to change the way I do things.
When I was growing up, I was always exposed to the norm that is: You go to school, then you go to college and get a degree, then you get a decent job in order for others to look at you and think ‘What a successful man he is’.
And guess what! I got a very decent job 6 years after I graduated. I joined two of the most successful (Market wise) companies in the world.
I received numerous congratulations and people did look at me from a great perspective and I can’t deny that it felt good for a second when I received an email or a message highlighting what a good job I did by joining such organizations.
But the truth was only apparent to me while I was sat in my cubicle thinking ‘What the heck am I doing here being enslaved 8 hours a day doing something I don’t like to make someone I never met richer?’
After 4 years jumping from company to company and job field to another I decided to try something new.
I started doing what I really love for a living without giving a fly to what people think.
I now work as a bicycle delivery rider for Deliveroo.
I love cycling; imagine a chance to cycle and get paid for it? Not only that, but you meet the nicest people in London, discover the best food, restaurants and places in the city and if that still doesn’t sound like interesting enough; how about work whenever and wherever you want? Oh I almost forgot; You don’t have a boss.
Can you match any other company’s perks like these ones? Me neither.
Social Status and career aspirations give me the shivers when people talk about them. What I am very proud of, is I love my job to the point that I would work extra hours until my legs go numb.
Some of the down sides of the job I am absolutely happy with, like when I get a puncture; I get on my knees and love getting my hands dirty; when it’s cold and wet I love the feeling that I have to suffer to earn a living; the best part is when a customer hands me a tip; I take away all the social status nonsense out of my line of thought and I am the happiest man in London.
I also became better at my hobbies; thanks to feeling good about my job; I now write better (You can find my latest story published in the Urban Watch Magazine), make new friends, read more books, come up with better ideas, listen to many podcasts, smash new PB 5k records, cycle faster and smile more than ever.
I hope this post gives you an idea about what’s it like doing what you really love and not do things that would impress others but give you a sense of meaning to your precious time.
Thanks for reading.
My name is Sherif; I am a dayenjoyer.