Jack of all Trades; Master of a Few

????????????????????????????????????????A day in my life can pretty scattered, even in terms of my career as a writer. It’s funny and wild at the same time. Luckily, I’m pretty good at multi-tasking! A typical day will see me editing some technical reports about laser printers and other office devices. I navigate my way through the world of technology to load reports or calculate data that clarifies how one of these machines would run at a “slightly” different speed in Europe (where the standard paper sizes are different than those in the US). After that, I might settle into some research and writing about nutrition, yoga or cats in my role as copywriter for one or another of my clients (I’ve written about subjects as diverse as marketing, insurance, wine, spa treatments and hypnosis as well). Then after a break for grocery shopping or yoga class, I start thinking about my personal writing – my blog or that book I’ve been trying to write.

Most of the time I wonder if I really know what I’m doing. I wonder, but I don’t worry about it (anymore) because I’ve learned to trust the process. It’s a gift that landed in my lap at a “certain age,” though I’m not sure whether I received this gift as a result of, or in spite of, anything I’ve done in the past.

I’ve had a few dreams that are seemingly unrelated, but they do more or less intersect in some way. There’s my writing, of course, my former lives as a nutritionist, a teacher and a psychology grad student, and my longstanding dream of operating a wellness center. People would come to my center mostly to do yoga and talk about consciousness, but maybe also to learn about nutrition and other holistic ways to improve their physical, mental and spiritual health. I’ve had this dream for nearly 20 years, but so far the closest I’ve come is my own yoga practice and all the writing I do on related topics.

A friend of mine who is very much into the idea of going with the flow of life says that the trick to understanding how the universe works and what we’re here for is to trust that we don’t need to know where we’re going. In fact, he says we don’t even need to know what we want (nice, if like him, you’re a successful artist and being a successful artist is what you have always wanted to be). While I’m not necessarily comfortable with that philosophy, it’s the one I’ve always lived by, simply because I don’t really have another choice.

Back in the day when I was still trying to figure out what kind of work I wanted to do, someone suggested that I might not be finding work that was satisfying because I didn’t know what I wanted. Many new age gurus tell us to focus on our dreams and that we can create what we envision. But it always seemed more practical to me to just try out a bunch of things and see what I like (and what I don’t like). I’m good at more than one thing, so why limit myself?

Maybe this is just me. Like I said, what choice did have I had? You can’t force yourself to know what you want just because knowing is more convenient. At least I usually know what I don’t want! And guess what I discovered? My way works too. There are lots of things I really like having in my life despite the fact that I didn’t necessarily know I wanted them. And there are lots of things I enjoy doing despite the fact that I didn’t necessarily set out to do them. For example, I really do like crunching numbers for a while and then trotting off to clear my chakras!

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