Is Job Just a Job?

I am a .NET programmer by day and iOS developer by early morning and weekend. By reading the last sentence you can guess where my true passion lies. Few days ago I was having a conversation with my mother where I was telling her that my current project is too boring for me and she replied with "It's a job!". I was kind of stunned with this answer since I heard the same exact answer from my uncle and another friend few weeks back.  

I completely disagree! Job is an important part of our lives. Most of us work 8 hours a day with commute added it turns out to be 10 hours daily for five days a week. A person's job shadows 2/3 of his/her life. That is a huge chunk of life. Most of us are constraint by family, location, benefits etc.   

I tend to fill the void of enjoyment by waking up early in the morning and working on my own personal iOS projects hoping that maybe I get to do this for the 2/3 of my life. 

What is your story? Do you see your kids doing the same type of job you are doing?