Long before I got paid for writing, I spent my time writing at work. I relished my time answering “too many” emails with unnecessarily thoughtful responses. I wrote treatises when memos would have sufficed. I followed up on meetings and conversations with tirades I should have saved for my journal. I know I’m not the only one. Born managers reorganize systems when their job is just to file. Natural counselors drift away from their desks to coach coworkers over lunch or coffee.
The trick is not necessarily to find a job that has the same title as the one you’d use to label your passion. It’s simply to find something that doesn’t leave you playing mental tug-of-war between what you’re expected to do and what you are compelled to do.