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.