Why my hobby (and profession) list keeps growing
First of all I want to take a moment to say thank you for being part of my life.
Maybe this is the first time you’ve visited my blog, or maybe you’re back for another visit. Either way, thank you for connecting.
Second, I’ll share a few (sometimes overlooked) details about myself.
I get bored rather quickly. It’s part of my personality but I sometimes hide this side of myself.
Looking up descriptions of my personality type, I found things like:
- loses patience or becomes dejected if trapped in a boring role
- hard to maintain interest as tasks become routine, administrative, and focus less on broader concepts
- notorious for letting attention slip from one project to the next before dotting I’s and crossing T’s
- may become unhappy if confined to strict schedules
- easily bored by details and repetition
You get the idea…
I like variety. I like spontaneity.
“Can’t I fly helicopters AND be an oceanographer who writes songs and cooks?”
This can be a challenge for people close to me.
The other week John asked me on Wednesday about going to the climbing gym on Thursday evening.
“Probably,” I said, “but do I have to commit right now? It’s a little soon to know.”
Really? A day in advance is too soon? (Someone is shaking their head at me right now. J)
Here’s another way I find this plays out:
Someone asks, ‘What are your hobbies?’
Um… which ones do I count? I’m not super good at any of them, but I’m okay at most of them… Horseback riding, golf, sailing, rock climbing, paragliding, hiking, camping, guitar, piano, tennis, scuba diving, triathlons, cycling, running, swimming. Plus I really want to take dance lessons and learn a martial art someday.
Why can’t I just pick one and be content?
It’s quite similar in my professional life, too. I’ve been an occupational therapist, a certified hippotherapy clinical specialist, a chaplain, a life coach, executive coach, relationship coach, leadership coach, trainer, facilitator, real estate investor, and am currently scheming on the next possibility and starting work on a PhD. (plus I have this crazy idea of becoming an actor in my 60s)
Was I always like this or have my life experiences accentuated it?
Probably a little of both.
The reality is, despite that list of seemingly negative aspects above, I’m deeply grateful for my internal drive for adventure, new experiences, and change.
And I love the variety my life contains.
When Eric, my first husband, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, it pushed this unconventional, change-driven side of myself to the forefront.
Eric and I had our life planned out and were successfully checking the boxes toward meeting our goals. And then our life turned upside down. Suddenly we couldn’t plan for 20 years down the road. We had to approach life more a day at a time.
My life with John has relied on this spontaneous, change-enjoying side of me, too. I would have never in a million years expected to be living and working in different countries around the world.
Now I have an excel file to keep track of past addresses and zip codes!
Life is constantly changing and moving.
I like it this way. It’s messy and stressful at times, but not boring.
And, I’m so glad to have you along for part of the journey. It brightens my day tremendously to hear back from you. It makes me smile to have connections that are maintained throughout the years and over the miles, and to develop new connections from around the globe!
I’d love to hear some of your adventures of change and how you manage to adapt.
Thank you for sharing in this ever-changing adventure we know as life!