Today everyone is everything. Bloggers, writers, painters, photographers, comedians, advocates and humanitarians. For the most part this is a good thing for mankind, it means people are seeing the importance and beauty in things. It also means collectively we are believing in ourselves and putting it all out there. That’s pretty cool.
Cool as in…
way to go humans!
At the same time I find it a little trendy, a little generic and most of all impossible to know what or how to create anything your own. Now I know that everything in the world has been done, and that we don’t just come up with our own ways, but yet re-discover them. Still, from reality TV stars who become Food Network faces to blogging sensations gone book authors— how do you know what is ‘right’ for you, how do you pick something to be really good at?
I’m one of those people who believe that it’s better to be really good at one thing rather than dabbling in everything. But in a time/society where everyone is everything how do you know which path is for you? How do you choose and choose well enough that you believe in yourself?
I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I really wish I did.
Commitment, is the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself. In 2011 when we are all engaging ourselves in multiple tasks and things all day long how do you truly develop the right areas of your life? Yeah, I know discipline but that’s so much easier said than done. I have this new neighbor who is about the same age as me and into everything trendy, cool and about filmmaking- likes to write, likes to direct, likes to act, likes to film, but also really likes to paint, and dabble in sculpture, music and fashion trends. Is it just me but doesn’t that sound extremely exhausting. I don’t really think that a person can fully succeed in all of those areas. Shouldn’t we learn about ourselves, ask ourselves the hard questions – really get to know ourselves and then devote our time, energy and focus to one creative outlet or purpose?
Am I totally wrong here? Am I just some weird type of person who can only handle one thing at time and that having 5 or 6 different creative outlets/passions etc… is totally normal and healthy? Again, I’m not talking hobbies, I’m talking things that define us: I am a writer. I am a cook. I am a seamstress. I am a photographer, a painter, a sculpture, a comedian, an advocate.
I’m not sure about all of you, but in 40 years when I look back on my life I want to be able to define myself, and what I did or tried to do. I don’t want those lines to be blurry—I want them clear and concise and without a doubt. I was a/an __________ something. Maybe that dash will be filled with wife, mother, friend or maybe it will be filled with something else like encourager, thinker, writer or chef — who knows. I can’t tell the future but I can help direct my present. I hope that I choice wisely, have the courage to try, to take risks and have the strength to accept rejection, I hope that I never give up, never settle and never decided that blurry lines and lots of hobbies can take the place of hard-work, dedication and knowing myself
“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” – M. Scott Peck.