Life’s Resume > Work Resume

Jay Mavani
3 min readJul 2, 2023

The unspoken key to true fulfilment.

Today, I’m going to take this moment to reflect on a profound realization that dawned upon me only after having traversed through the journey of life for a significant period.

It’s about the importance of life’s resume, which is far more valuable than the one we diligently craft for our work. Confused? Let’s dive into this introspective exploration.

When we are young and full of dreams, our primary focus tends to revolve around our career. We pour our energy into building an impressive work resume, striving for success and financial stability.

And in this pursuit, we often forget to savour the true essence of life.

We become caught up in the relentless hustle and grind, losing sight of the experiences that truly matter — the experiences that shape us and make our lives worthwhile.

But as I grew older, wiser, and perhaps a tad nostalgic, I started to realize that the most valuable aspects of our existence lie outside the confines of our professional accomplishments.

It is the richness of life’s experiences, the relationships we nurture, the memories we create, and the adventures we embark upon that truly define who we are and what we stand for.

Picture this: you’re sitting on a cozy porch swing, watching the golden hues of sunset paint the sky, reminiscing about the extraordinary journey you’ve had. What memories come rushing back to you?

Is it the promotion you received at work five years ago, or is it that time you climbed a majestic mountain and felt on top of the world? Is it the raise in your salary, or is it the laughter and warmth shared with loved ones around a crackling bonfire on a beach?

Life’s resume is an amalgamation of these remarkable moments, strung together like precious pearls on a necklace.

It is the road trips you took with friends, the dances you embraced under the moonlit sky, the heart-to-heart conversations that revealed your vulnerabilities and strengths, and the places you explored that broadened your horizons.

While professional success is undeniably important, it is equally crucial to nurture the spirit of adventure and curiosity that resides within each of us.

By investing time and energy into building a diverse range of experiences, I cultivated a profound sense of fulfilment that just couldn’t be solely derived from my work achievements.

Traveling to new destinations, challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone, learning new skills, trying new things, volunteering for a cause close to my heart — all these endeavors contribute to the tapestry of our life’s resume.

They allow us to grow, evolve, and develop a deep appreciation for the world around us.

So, how does one strike a balance between professional aspirations and the pursuit of a well-rounded life’s resume? Well, embrace curiosity and try new things, prioritize your relationships, make time for travel, step out of your comfort zone and practice self-care.

In the grand symphony of life, we should not forget to strike a harmonious balance between our professional aspirations and our innate desire to live fully. After all, it is in living that we truly thrive.

Ultimately, life’s resume is not measured in degrees, titles, or paychecks.

It is measured by the depth of our experiences, the authenticity of our connections, and the indelible mark we leave on the world.

Legend has it that once upon a time, Jay was a creative + marketing director with an inquisitive mind, positioned somewhere between a strategist, designer and a writer.

After immersing himself in the world of marketing + advertising for numerous years, he now returns to the core of his creative odyssey — graphic design, visual arts, and creative writing.

From always trying something new to occasionally making photos “speak”, he’s known to express his passion for problem-solving, creativity, philosophy and humour by playing with various canvases.

To know more about Jay, you can follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Jay Mavani

Jay Mavani (aka jaymavs) loves to express his passion for problem-solving, creativity, philosophy and humour by playing with various canvases.