Even though I am an educator, I work/live in a community full of cowboys – the REAL work-in-the-saddle-break-horses-manage-cattle-mend-fences kind of cowboys.
Here’s what their jobs look like:
- Short pay
- Long days
- Crappy weather (at least half the time)
- Uncooperative clients (cattle – bulls especially – have a mind of their own)
- No or few holidays (animals still have to be fed on Memorial Day)
- Unexpected catastrophes (floods, drought, wildfire, etc.)
- Dangerous conditions (there is always some cowboy in our community on crutches or in a cast)
- Never ending maintenance obligations (fences are always down, colts always need breaking)
- No such thing as early retirement
So, why would anyone do this job?
The cowboys I know LOVE it. Many of the ones I know have college degrees and could be working in an air-conditioned office somewhere.
The cowboys I work among have chosen to make a living at doing what they love, despite the obvious drawbacks and limitations.
Finding, and doing, work we love is essential to our long-term health and happiness. It is almost always found at the intersection of
vocation and avocation.
(the job) (the passion)