It's a rough time to be a cubicle dweller. Seems like everywhere I turn there's some new blog post telling us to step away from the desk, break out of the office, become our own boss or take our work mobile. For the most part, I couldn't agree more. Too many people spend their lives stuck in a dead end job while what they really want to be doing slips further and further away. Want to shake up your life? I'm all for it! Heck, after doing it myself three times to chase my constant dream of living in France, I could even give you some tips along the way. But I sometimes get the feeling that supporters of such life-changing moves are insinuating that those of us who work in an office must be miserable, and that the 9-5 routine must be a one way trip to job un-satisfaction. Sometimes I feel as though those who reject the office outright have - dare I say it? - missed the point.
Here's the deal: I've taken myself out of my comfort zone, moved across the country and the globe more than once, and I'll probably continue to crave that kind of change (and make it happen!) for the rest of my life. But I've also had the desk jobs, and you know what? Sometimes those jobs are the dream. It all depends on the kind of job you're talking about. I spent years working for a French organization, where I had a desk, a 9-5 schedule and a boss. And it was one of the best experiences of my life. My current job is the same way. I'm doing exactly what I want to be doing every single day, all within the confines of a cubicle. I don't feel trapped, I feel energized.
Maybe I'm reading something into these calls to life revolution that simply isn't there, but I feel like they're prone to focusing on details rather than the real heart of the matter. It's not the location that matters (although, I'm pretty happy my cube has a sweet view and isn't tucked away in the corner), it's the activity. The important thing is doing what you love to do. What's more, there are plenty of people who would honestly not like to work in the mobile, unstructured setting so many espouse. Nothing wrong with that. I'm not necessarily one of those people, but I get where they're coming from. So I'll take my cubicle, my health plan, my 40 hours a week, my butting heads with The Man, and my totally awesome job description, and I'll love every minute of it. Until I decide it's time for the next big shake-up, that is. I give it about a year.