While flipping though Facebook this morning, I came across this talk entitled “Why Some of us Don’t Have One True Calling” by Emilie Wapnick. As someone who wrote this about himself, I clicked play immediately.
I always go back and forth between thinking of my inability to specialize as weakness or as a strength. It never occurred to me that this was a thing and it was nice to hear someone make a compelling case for why it is, indeed, a good thing. Still, I find it a bit weird that I sometimes just stop doing something even though I still love it. I LOVE painting, for example. The feeling when it’s going well, the smell, the mess – all of it. I painted, seriously, from about 10 years old until I was 28. Then I was just done. I haven’t painted in 20 years. I feel like both characters in this scene – done and incredulous that someone could just be done with something they love. Though for me, I hold on to the possibility of changing my mind one day.