I know there are people out there who have this romantic notion that "when you do what you love you never work a day in your life," but I gotta tell you that hasn't been my experience.
Even when I'm in the middle of something I absolutely, positively love there are days it's not fun. There are days it's a grind, that I don't want to do it, and that it's really hard work. There are aspects that I'd rather not deal with and things that must be done that I don't want to do. And ultimately there comes a time when things have run their course and it's not fun anymore and I know it's time to move on.
So I think what I'm looking for in work is something I like a whole lot but I'm not so attached to it that I define myself by what that "job" is. Something that brings me enjoyment while supporting me and allowing me to pursue my dreams but isn't my life.
In other words, I need to drop this idea of "the perfect job or career" and pick something "close enough" and simply run with it.
And I need to face that I'm really not a long-termer. I'm not a person who wants to or will do the same thing forever. Its not that I have work ADD. It's simply that I have many interests and I'm constantly learning and growing so what fits right now won't work for me in a few years. It's like I grow past it and my work interests have to go along or I feel stagnated and frustrated.
All of these realizations as I continue to define my new "job."
If you're unhappy with your current work situation I invite you to think about it too. Understanding how you view work and your motivations can take you a long way toward morphing your current life into something that better reflects who you truly are. Plus it can take you toward happiness, which is a wonderful place to be.