I was listening to an interview with the author of the children’s book The Tiger Who Came To Tea and it was inspiring. Judith Kerr is still writing and illustrating at the age of 93 and was talking about getting so involved that she keeps working until 7 or 8 at night. The key she said was that she still loved what she did.
It is an interesting thought to consider whether you enjoy work enough to do it until late in the night. I have blogged many times about the importance of finding what it is that you love and that makes you happy. Then you have to find a way to make that pay for you so that you can do it all day.
Many people search a long time until they find what it is they enjoy, but others know and just have to find a way to make it the centre of their day. If you are doing something you love then it doesn’t feel like work. If you are doing something you love then you put so much more into it. Whatever we do for work takes up a large proportion of our day and it should be something we enjoy.
I have had a lot of people ask me how I am managing to write a blog every day. Of course, I have to make time to do it but it is something I enjoy doing so it doesn’t feel like work. I can sit and write until late into the night and will suddenly remember that I need to sleep. It may be difficult to understand but I would prefer to sit and write than go out and socialise. Loving what I do also means that after two days being ill I am planning to nip to work so that I can get my laptop, log on and do some work.
Judith Kerr has an inspirational story to tell. Her background itself is fascinating and her approach to life interesting. I hope she can continue writing and illustrating for many more years and bringing joy into childhood with her wonderful stories.