Regarding their work, people “put lipstick on a pig” all the time. They have a bully boss and make excuses for him. They hate their job, but say, “it pays the mortgage”. They are passed over for promotions, but still believe they can get there. They ignore the 90% of their job that is unfulfilling and convince themselves they are happy based on the 10%.
If you are putting lipstick on a pig, wipe it off. Look “for real” at your work life and begin to change the aspects that are unfulfilling. You can dawdle your life away finding different shades of lipstick for your pig, but, in the end, you are unfulfilled and nothing has been gained. Facing the truth of things and mustering the courage to create the life you want is what brings fulfillment.