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- What’s more important, where you live or what you do for a living? See all answers
- August 13, 2010 by chupacabra111
- the chicken or the egg...wait...the where or the what...
in my opinion...
in my opinion, this prompt is very much like the chicken and the egg conundrum. where you live can determine what you do for a living. for example, to be a successful commercial fisherman, you would need to live near the ocean. and vice versa...if you lived near the ocean, you could be a successful commercial fisherman.
in my experience, i have chosen one instance over the other at times.
when i lived in san diego...i could make a living doing custom picture framing for museums and galleries. san diego, is a large city, with many museums and galleries, so, i could do the job that i loved to do. i couldn't, however, do other things for a living, such as: be a ski instructor, be a forest ranger, or be a crop duster. i was able to make a very good living in san diego, and could afford to do and have a lot of things. wages were definitely higher in the southwest.
when i moved to vancouver...i could no longer make a living doing custom picture framing for museums and galleries. vancouver, is a small city, with few museums or galleries. so, instead of doing what i loved to do, i had to do something else to acclimate to my different living situation. in order to live where i loved it...i had to go back to school to get a degree in a whole different field, digital technology and culture. i was not able to secure a good wage...and have had a hard time just getting by. wages are definitely lower in the northwest.
i am certainly not saying that you can't have it both ways...living in a place that you love...doing the job that you love. i am just saying that it can work either or neither way. it is up to the individual.
in my opinion, i would probably choose to do a job that made me happy over where i lived. in the long and short of it...to me...being happy and secure and confident on the job...are way more important than where i choose to live...because happiness is contagious...and can color everything around.