1. You don’t get a paycheck for maintaining a loving relationship, but you do get paid every day in far more valuable ways.
2. No one stays relevant perpetually in any given field, but you’ll always be relevant to the person who pines for you year after year.
3. They say “Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” But if you love who you’re with, you’ll never have to go on another first date.
4. When you’re old and on the brink of death, you won’t regret devoting too much time or energy to love, but you might very well question the number of hours you spent toiling at the office.
5. Great passion inspires the most moving songs, poetry, and art. Great careers inspire self-congratulatory memoirs and insipid self-help books.
6. Serious relationships require a lot of hard work, but without any midyear performance reviews or micro-managing to worry about.
7. Your career can’t take care of you when you’re sick. In fact, it’ll get kind of annoyed at you for lack of productivity, even if you’re feverish and vomity.
8. Professional accomplishments can give you a rush, but your job will never pleasure you sexually (unless you’re a porn star, maybe).
9. A supportive lover makes work related achievements that much more meaningful by celebrating them too, but you can’t count on your career to double as a personal cheerleader.
10. Because your closest colleagues and collaborators will always kind of be your competitors, while the love of your life is genuinely there for you.
11. You can say anything to the ideal romantic partner without fear of judgment, but you can’t reasonably expect the same from coworkers.
12. The right partner will get angry when you fuck up royally, but their instinct will be to find a way to forgive you rather than fire you.
13. Your ideal match will make you better at your job by motivating you to excel in all aspects of life, but your job probably won’t make you a better lover.
14. A great relationship hinges on your ability to invest in love. A notable career largely involves investing in some intangible entity’s bottom line.
15. Arguably, you can learn more about life from navigating the ups and downs of a romantic relationship than you can through mastering any professional skill.
16. Because you can master a job, but you can never really master another individual. So while the right partner will surprise you again and again, the right job will surprise you less and less.
17. Even the best careers eventually end, but no one ever retires from an amazing love.