Do What Makes YOU Happy!

Many of us are working in jobs that help pay the bills and provide us with enough money to have all of the material possessions we need to support our families and loved ones.

But how many of us truly do what we love and what makes us happy?

Do you toil around in a job and stare at the clock all day waiting for 5:00PM to arrive?

Or are you completely fulfilled and content, doing what you love and not considering it work at all?

Personally, I have always worked in my chosen field of broadcast and print journalism, and loved every minute of it.

The problem, however, was that I did not love myself, which caused me to develop low self-esteem and self-confidence, which, in turn, led to addictions, and later on, a stint in prison.

Now, however, nearly nine full years removed from the latter, I am into the next stage of my life, which consists of helping others through my book, “Jew in Jail,”, and delivering of motivational & inspirational speeches to those trying to recovery from alcohol, drugs, gambling, and other addictions.

We all have the right to be happy in life doing whatever it is we choose to spend our time doing.

If you are honest with yourself, you will know, deep down, if you are happy in life, and achieving enjoyment and fulfillment on a daily basis.

Hopefully you are, but if you aren’t, there is always time to seek changes to rectify the situation.

After all, who better than you deserves all the best life has to offer?

About gman18

I came into the world on October 18, 1961. John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. The film West Side Story was released, and would go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Major League Baseball was celebrating Roger Maris of the New York Yankees, who hit a then-record 61 home runs that season. I was an excellent student, although a bit of a class clown too. I spent a majority of my time playing sports, but fell in love with newspapers, which was how I was initially introduced into writing and storytelling. While attending Kingsborough Community College from 1979-1981, I served as editor-in-chief of the school's paper, and then joined the staff at Long Island University's Seawanhaka for my junior and senior years. At L.I.U. where I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1983, I was also a selected member of Sigma Delta Chi, as well as Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. My last year in college included an unpaid internship at WCBS-TV, Channel 2 in New York City, where I learned so much about the television business. Upon graduation, I landed a job at the network, starting as a news clerk for The CBS Morning News with Diane Sawyer, and also weekend shifts for The NFL Today with Brent Musburger. After quickly rising in the ranks to producer, my life suddenly went on a downward spiral due to addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, which ultimately led to nearly six years behind bars for robbery. My time incarcerated gave birth to my first published book, Jew in Jail, which tells my true story of how I finally decided to deal with my addictions and turn my life around, all the while under the toughest conditions imaginable of being a minority in the prison system, forced to fend for myself. Writing Jew in Jail - as I was doing my time - allowed me to become very introspective, and realize that I could help others in similar situations of being an addict and/or living with low self-esteem. Today, I still reside in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where I am working on my next book project, continuing to promote Jew in Jail, and always helping other addicts through my motivational and inspirational speeches, and one-on-one consultations.
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4 Responses to Do What Makes YOU Happy!

  1. Liatris says:

    This is an interesting topic, Gary and I admire people like you who are so positive in the face of overwhelming odds. I really need to ask, though especially because of the “Many of us are working in jobs that help pay the bills and provide us with enough money to have all of the material possessions we need to support our families and loved ones.” part, while it’s nice to think that we really do deserve the best life can offer, what about the fact that most of us can’t do that because of pragmatism? The ones who want to do what they love but can’t because they can’t get that job, because they couldn’t afford that education they wanted etc. etc.?

    • gman18 says:

      Thank you, Liatris, and that is a very valid point.

      First of all, I appreciate all of your nice comments, and definitely do understand what you mean.

      In my case, I already graduated from college and started doing what I loved at the time, before my addictions and lack of self-esteem contributed to my downfall.

      However, after being released from prison, I developed a passion for helping other recovering addicts deal with their disease, which, to this day, helps me as well.

      I do think that just about anybody, if they really want something badly enough – in this case, doing what one loves – can ultimately attain their goal.

      There are many scholarships and financial aid plans available for low income people, and through hard work and the ability to save some money a little at a time, I believe anyone can achieve what they desire.

      Nobody ever said life was going to be easy, and, for me at least, I consider fighting for what I want to be a challenge well worth the endeavor!

      Please feel free to write back if I can help you in any way possible, or if you feel I didn’t answer your question properly.

      • Liatris says:

        That’s a great way to look at things Gary. I find it amazing how you managed to use your hardships to help others now! I feel like I can learn a lot from you, keep up the good work! 🙂

  2. gman18 says:

    Thank you so much, Liatris! Sometimes things just happen without making a lot of sense, so I just figure they were meant to be. Let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you.

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