A Vocation and Avocations
Derek George / 26 Feb 2013 / Ubiquity Insights
Nathan Bolt is a friendly, helpful, burgeoning young professional with whom I’m speaking about vocations and avocations, passion and happiness, the future, and now.
Victor: Some people have this idea that if they work hard, they get to play hard. On the other side of that there are people who scrounge and scrounge.
Nathan: I think it’s prevalent in our society to kind of live this deferred life plan model, where you work most of your life and maybe take one or two vacations a year with your family, that when you’re 65 or when you retire, that’s really when you get to enjoy yourself. I don’t think that’s for me, because when I’m 65, I don’t think I’ll enjoy the things I would have enjoyed when I’m 25 or 35. While I’m young and active and able to do more things because I’m healthier, that’s when I want to enjoy myself.
But at the same time, you have to think about the future. I think it’s a balance.
Right when I turned 18, I started a Roth IRA.
I can make my budget and contribute my maximum and really make sure that my investments grow over time so that by the time I’m thinking about retiring I’ll be set.
V: Have you ever heard of an avocation? An avocation is something you can be a specialist at that isn’t necessarily a money-maker but something that gives you a work/life balance. For some people, it’s what makes their life worth living. Do you have anything that you’re passionate about?
N: Music, specifically electronic music. Recently I’ve got some DJ equipment, and I started messing around with that.
With my free time, I will be learning how to DJ as a hobby.
When I’m passionate about that I’m just happier in general with my life and that translate into all aspects of it including my vocation.
Happiness goes beyond passion and Nathan understands this, “I’m always the type of person who when in a situation that is hands-on, dealing with people, I’m happy.”
It’s hard for me to say that I’ve met anyone more well-rounded than this confident gentleman.