Sometimes I get flack for being passionate about too many things. People seem confused that I don’t have one neat, clean title.
“Are you a graphic designer?”
“Are you a social media consultant?”
“You’re a food blogger, or a design blogger?”
“Are you a …? What do you do again?”
I know. I know.
All my life, I’ve been told I need to focus on one thing. One. Warning tales of spreading myself too thin, Jill of all trades/master of none, and whatnot.
I’m 38, and although I joke about still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up, I know who I am. I know what I am honestly, soulfully passionate about, and those things don’t fit into a neat, single category box.
And I am pretty sure I am not alone in this. Don’t you love to do many things? What’s holding you back? Why would you want to live a life with any regrets or unfulfilled wishes? Here’s a good quote: “I’d rather live a life of ‘oh well’s than a life of ‘what if?’s”
As if by fate I stumbled upon this lovely blog post by Shanna at Food Loves Writing (one of the most beautiful blogs I have ever seen, by the way). We all have things we want to do, and we allow too many perceived obstacles — other peoples’ opinions, financial uncertainty, our own lack of confidence — to stop us from doing the very things we want to do.
We need to do those things. Silence the critic within and just DO. Create. Be. Whomever we are, and whatever makes us tick, we need to respect, embrace, and develop all of it. The messy, uncertain, gloriously fulfilling whole lot of it.
Inspired by that post, I designed this poster. It’s a quote that spoke to me in a way no other words have in a long, long time.
So here’s what I am going to do. I’m going to be me, and I’m going to pursue all of my creative passions full force.
I’m going to create. Whatever that means at the time. Right now, it means writing this blog post. Writing this post fills my soul, and heals. Making that poster filled my heart.
This new journey is now for a reason. Whatever that is, it’s right.
So go forth and create. Whatever that means for you.
I’m ok with not fitting into society’s neat little easy-to-understand box with singular titles and singular goals. Are you?