Growing up my brother used to always say that being a jack or jill of all trades is no good. You would dabble in everything but be an expert in nothing. Oh how those words have hung over me these many years…and still haunt me a bit at times when I get frustrated. I happen to love a lot of different things, enough so that I pursue them with all my heart (at least at the time of passion). I have varied interests, darn it! Variety is the spice of life, don’t you think?
Sure, there might be a few things that I might be more passionate about than others. Graphic design and photography are biggies…but I honestly also enjoy acrylic painting, watercolor, doodling madly and coloring them in with my niece. Sometimes I embroider, sometimes I bend some wire and make a pair of earrings. I’ve dabbled in hand-printing methods and love to make cards scrapbooking style. I used to play the violin, but now I like the acoustic guitar and hope to write some real songs one day. Depending on my mood and what inspiration hits me, I go with different avenues to express what is inside me. The list goes on and I have started to document on my Flickr. Most people probably just think I’m crazy and flighty! I know many crafters who hide some of their side passions for fear of disapproval or judgement.
Normally I can go about my creative ventures without interruption because that’s just what happens. You find out about something really cool and you simply have to try it out. I’m not thinking about what others think or really thinking about anything else, because I’m engrossed and super excited to learn something new and create. However, usually when you get into the middle of something, there are times when doubt sets in. Trials and tribulations come along with the process and perhaps I get impatient as well.
Suddenly I’m thinking…can I justify spending all this money for an interest that might fade in a short time period? Do I really have time to learn another skill that I will probably never master? Why am I jumping to something new and not concentrating on something I know? Why am I so flighty and disconnected? Is it normal? These questions spin in my head and cause me to freeze at times. Suddenly I’m deprived of the freedom I once had to explore at will whatever the consequences. I don’t want to lose my freedom in curiosity. Why should I deprive myself?
Growing up you are taught to find what you want to do, so you can go to school and learn the skills then go get that job. I’ve done it and found myself still searching for more after the fact. Why is it so negative to want to do many things? I understand the concept of mastering something, but I what if I don’t want to be Picasso? I just want to express myself in paint and be happy! I sort of turned the tables and thought about why it is okay to explore new things. Why the heck not? I suppose I’m not very scientific with my argument, but I do think that people sometimes box themselves in. They create rules and expectations for themselves and make things harder than they have to be. Why not just be content and look on the bright side? Maybe a venture goes sour, well, you tried and now you know. Move on. You never know when something might turn into a great and deep passion!
I just read a great post on the wish studio blog, musepreneur :: are you a scanner/slasher with many passions? on this very topic. It gives very helpful tips on how to work with who you are, rather than trying to change yourself! I don’t know if I should call myself a musepreneur or scanner or slasher, but I know that I want to continue with any fancy or passion I might have. That is my outlet and expression in creativity and I can’t let anything stop me! How do you all feel about this topic and how do you help yourself and others understand?