You Got a Feeling?
Wilson blew a fastball by Cruz and the whole team erupted. If you're up for it, here's nearly two minutes of grown men celebrating, elated. World Series games, Super Bowls, tennis championships - they all give us chances to see people ecstatic. If our team wins, we're happy, too. And if our team wasn't playing, we can't help but smile when we see others so darn happy.
When was the last time you were that happy?
Professional athletes are lucky. They get to celebrate when they win the big one and they get paid for it. Your day job probably doesn't give you a lot of opportunities to be excited. When you leave weekly staff meeting, you don't feel like Buster Posey did in that clip once he caught the winning strike.
But this question is bigger than your job. In life, when was the last time you were so amazingly and abundantly thrilled?
I felt that way when my daughter showed up nine and a half months ago. I felt that way when I faxed in my recent book contract. I don't feel that way everyday, but when I have that feeling, it makes the days when I don't have that feeling much more bearable.
You need that feeling - of unbridled elation - in your life. If it will never happen at work, then take this afternoon off. Grab a drink and make a list of things you think will make you wonderfully giddy once in a while. Then, shape your life around those moments (and not your day job).
If you need to sling coffee or clean bowling shoes to get those moments of sheer joy, do it. If being trapped in a cube for eight hours a day will prevent you from being passionately exuberant even once this year, the decision you need to make is blatantly obvious.