Regular readers of my columns will know that one of my favorite topics to discuss here is work/life balance or “doing what you love vs. loving what you do.” As someone who has an entirely separate “night time” career outside of Penn, I’m always interested to see what people have to say on the subject.
That’s why I was particularly intrigued to see The Onion, the bedrock of all satirical websites, running an Op/Ed piece that would feel at home here on Penn & Beyond just as easily as it would aside a spoof news article about how much Vladamir Putin loves his kitty cat. The article, by David Ferguson, speaks for itself – I encourage you to read it here. (Go ahead and read it now. I’ll wait here.)
If I could add one thing to Ferguson’s otherwise fine message – it’s that you never know what your nights and weekends might lead to. I spent my nights and weekends writing – and now I’ve been published multiple times by a respected imprint. Albert Einstein worked in a patent office and look where his nights and weekends led him! If you are truly passionate about something and take the time to pursue it at any opportunity, then that passion will show in your work – and maybe one day, it will become your full time job and those nights and weekends will be free again…
…of course that gets boring fast. Maybe you’ll find a second passion.