One of my favorite movies is the 1995 version of Sabrina, with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormand. The obsessive adoration and the surprise of overlooking a greater love plays right into my romantic sensibilities. I love the close relationship between Sabrina and her father, the chauffeur. When she has returned, transformed, from Paris and is sorting out her new world, she observes,
I love so many things about you, Dad. But you know what I love best of all? You became a chauffeur because you wanted to have time to read. All my life, I’ve pictured you… sitting in the front seat of a long succession of cars… waiting for the Larrabees and reading. (Sabrina, 1995)
This quote is interesting for a few reasons.
First, of course, it points to the concept that the desire to read, to know, to experience can be so overwhelming that it fills a life. I spend much of my summers reading, and at the moment I’ve been reading so much that my eyes are aching and puffy. I love that idea of having a job that leaves lots of time to explore new worlds.
Second, is the idea of choosing a job that allows you do what you love. Sabrina’s father, Thomas Fairchild, loves to read. He could have found a job as an editor, perhaps, but then he wouldn’t get to choose what he reads. Instead, he found a job that involves so much waiting, that there was always ample opportunity to be reading.
As an added plus, he was able to hear so much stock information from the back seat, he was able to earn a fortune while he lived above the garage and read between the commutes. The message is, if you choose to do what you love, and pay attention to other opportunities, you can make a perfect life for yourself.
I’m glad to have a job that I love.
It’s not worth the cash to do something you dislike just for the money.
Quality of life is important. Do what you love.