Michael Santarcangelo poses an interesting question and analogy to the IT security world: do you dance in the rain? Now, you probably won’t catch me dancing in the rain unless I’m at an ourdoor concert, but I’m definitely not a scurrier, even if I’m wearing a light shirt headed to an important meeting in the pouring rain. Screw the umbrella; enjoy nature’s weather, even if it can be temporarily painful in the winter; you won’t die. (Ok, so if you’re out in the wilderness camping or hiking, you should be careful, but in an urban setting, you’re not going to die.)
But Michael’s right, do what makes you happy and gives you passion. It might be a little weird, but happiness begets productivity, and ultimately, we’re all more than just our jobs. Keep the optimism. The enthusiasm, while looked at askance by some others, will be respected and rewarded eventually.
Considering our jobs in IT and security, we sometimes don’t get our adrenaline pumping until there is an incident. Perhaps that means we might only be happy when it rains? 🙂