|From "I'm Really a Mermaid" Shop at Etsy|
I read a really amazing post yesterday by the inimitable Emilie Wapnick over at Puttylike.com. In it, she discusses the emphasis of people on discovering your true talents/career/dream, etc. But she questions whether this is even a good way to go about the whole matter. By pursuing your career that way, you're trying to find a way to squeeze yourself in some pre-determined hole, not creating a place for yourself based on what you love and are good at.
I see so. many. articles. (partly because I tend to read articles like this!) about the importance of following your dream, finding your voice, discovering your passion. But these all imply that this is a singular goal. What if, maybe, there are many things you're meant to do? What if you've a dream to be an artist? Oh, and a graphic designer? Oh, and good at baking sourdough bread? Oh, and a mommy? Oh, and...
One of the things I love about kids is that they absolutely love and are completely obsessed with about, mm, a billion things. My almost-five-year-old niece is completely crazy about cars, horses, pink, art, mermaids, Blue's Clues, etc. We are like that too, but when it comes to following our 'dream,' we cut off all those things and decide to just be mermaids when we could be mermaids that find Blue's clues in an artistic way on our favorite underwater horse with our pet car.
So, while I find following your dream an essential part of a happy life, how about we follow all our dreams?