The Honeymoon is Over: Career Disenchantment and Millennial Tantrums

How to survive the rough patches of your job, and thrive in spite of them

Andreea
6 min readMar 13, 2023
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The idea of finding a job that we love is a constant pursuit. I was taught to believe that my work should be an extension of my identity and that I should be so passionate about my job that it becomes a defining part of who I am. While there are some who may genuinely feel this way about their work, it’s important to acknowledge that this isn’t the case for everyone and it should not be a pre-requisite to living a good life. In fact, it’s perfectly okay not to love your job, and for it not to be the central focus of your life. Hell, I even encourage you to not make it your no. 1 priority.

If you take away all the bells and whistles, you will begin to recognise that a job is just a means to an end. We work to earn a living, pay our bills, and support ourselves, our dreams, and our families. While there are some who really love their job, for many people, work is simply a necessary part of life and that doesn’t mean they are underperformers.

The idea that people should live and breathe for their jobs is problematic. Not only is it unrealistic for many people, but it also puts too much pressure on them to find a job that perfectly fits their personality and…

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Andreea

I write about books, creative processes, and mental health. Living vicariously through fictional characters that my therapist approves of.