labour of love

Jenny on the relationship between your job and The Good Work™:

I love work, by which I mean I love the feeling of focusing my energy toward a particular goal and watching the nebulous mist between here and there slowly thin to reveal wobbly, winding stepping stones. I love the satisfaction of a certain type of exhaustion that comes from having pitted my brain and my hands against a problem and found myself a little closer to who I want to be.

I get this feeling ever so rarely but it’s the kind of work I aspire to, the kind of work that makes me jealous as I read Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin; the work worthy of obsession.