Do you consider yourself a curious person? I hope so! Today you will have the chance to be curious about your own future.
Last week we explored the idea of designing your life so that you are ridiculously happy. Did you miss it? Check out the post, Life by Design, and leave a comment to let me know if you think sheer and utter happiness is a concept that is far fetched or something that is within your grasp.
At the end of the article, I asked you to consider these three questions:
- If you could do anything for work, without worrying about how much money you make, what would you spend your time doing?
- If you could design the time you spend working, forgetting about the standard 9-5 or 8-hour work day, when would you work?
- If you could design the space you work in, remembering there are no rules regarding location, where would it be and what would it look like?
Let’s dive deeper into the first question, the idea of what.
Ask a child what they want to be when they grow up and you might hear police officer, pilot, teacher, or doctor. From very early on, we are conditioned to imagine our life with one purpose, or one passion. You might have been told that you can be anything you want in life. But I doubt you have been given the advice that you can be everything you want.
As a woman, I grew up in a time when I could have it all. But having it all meant a family and a career. It didn’t mean multiple careers or jobs at the same time! At least, that wasn’t the goal, right? Rather than working multiple, low-paying jobs to get by, the hope was that I would grow up and start a career. Find that one job that met my families financial needs while hopefully providing me with fulfillment and purpose in life.
I have been thinking a lot about growing up and my family this week.
I remember joking with my brothers about the number of jobs we worked in high school. Do you remember the sitcom In Living Color? They had a skit about working only one job, and we would joke with each other in the summertime about how lazy you were if you only had one job. I grew up in a popular vacation destination and it was easy and common to amass multiple, temporary, tourism-related jobs in June and August.
But I have been remembering things that my father taught me also. He has a passion for poetry and a particular affinity for Robert Frost. Before I had an alarm clock, my father would come into my bedroom to wake me in the mornings. He would do passionate poetry recitations while sitting on the foot of my bed until I gave up on sleep and got ready for school. Once, I had to memorize a poem and of course the only logical choice would be one by Robert Frost. You likely have heard it before, The Road Not Taken. It chronicles a person who is forced to choose a path through the woods. The narrator decides to take the path that fewer people had chosen. He states, “that has made all the difference”.
How about you? Are you following the pack down the well trodden path? Did you choose one career to meet all of your needs? Or perhaps you have been wandering through the woods, without a destination in mind.
This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Camille Jeanmonod from Why Only One? She helps multi passionate people create a life aligned with what they love. Doesn’t that sound awesome? Camille shared with me that it can be challenging for curious, multi passionate people to imagine the possibilities open to them. They have spent a lifetime thinking it was necessary to choose a single path. Today, I give you permission to throw that old mindset out the window. Imagine a world where you can, in fact, do everything. What would that look like for you? I’m curious. What is your destiny?