I Don’t Have One True Calling

Earlier today, a friend of mine sent me this clip. She informed me that it’s only 12 minutes because she knows I’m so busy working on all of my projects. I agreed to watch and listen and I’m so glad I did. This TED Talk is all about being able to have more than one profession or calling or interest. This is my life. 

I’ve never really lived a conventional life. Well – not as an adult. I went to college right out of high school on a full academic scholarship. I barely lasted a year. Not because I couldn’t do the work but because I wouldn’t do the work. I had this feeling that there was so much more in life and I just wanted to experience everything. I had no clue at the time what was going on with me. People saw me as lazy and just wanting to do whatever I wanted to do. I saw myself as a free spirit. It’s not that I was out doing any and everything. I actually wasn’t doing much of anything other than burning CD’s for friends and going to parties – lol. I watched as my friends were focused on their school work and I was just drawing and writing. 

Then I got older. I always kept a job, but nothing career oriented. After I got married, I focused on my photography business and grew that into something great. I worked on my hobbies as well and started company after company. I knew I had my hand in too many things, but it just felt like I was supposed to be doing more. That’s basically how I always feel. I can’t just be a photographer. I need to be a writer and an artist and a blogger and a vlogger. I can’t just be a student. I need to be a student and a higher level student and the best student. I need to be able to do it all.

Then Lisa sent me this video and I finally feel validated. Most of the people in my life are Type A personalities. They follow rules and stick to them and do what they’re supposed to do. It’s hard to explain to them how I can possibly feel fulfilled in my world of project after project and calling after calling. 

This sums it up.

Love always, Monica

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2 comments

  1. Yep I completely resonate with this because I’ve always wondered why there are so many things I’m either interested at or good at. Then there’s the starting businesses, I’ve either written or started so many business ideas. Right now I feel like I have my niche figured out but then there’s still so much I want to do. Good to know we aren’t the only ones and that it’s completely OKAY.

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