Pelourinho- Bahia- Brazil
I have always been the type of person with several and ever changing interests. While growing up, the range of professions I was interested in went everywhere from flight attendant to astronaut to veterinarian. In my junior year high school I wanted to be a doctor, in my sophomore year I wanted to be a prosecutor, and by my senior year I decided to study Psychology and be a criminal profiler for the FBI.
It was only when I graduated from college, that I realized I could not choose what I wanted to be when I grew up. So, I went back to college and got a Liberal Arts degree in Women’s Studies. I wanted to work with victims of abuse or maybe for the UN. I got fast bored with anything I mastered to my content and felt the urge to move on to another challenge. I was so lost that right after college, in a span of 3 months, I managed to pursue 4 different careers, only to find I hated them all.
New watercolor kit
So, I decided to pursue a Master’s in History and be an academic. I got a T.A. position with the department and quit 2 weeks later (both the Master’s and the T.A- you would agree with me that it is insane to pay almost $30,000.00 to read history books if you realize you have no intention on being a professor. I can read the books at home for a lot less money!). I felt frustrated and lost in a world of specialists. I felt there was something wrong with me for being a “jack of all trades, master of none.”
It was in one of the odd jobs after college that I met this woman and while talking to her about my woes, she told me about the renaissance soul. She introduced me to a book called "Refuse to Choose"- by Barbara Sher- and all of a sudden the world made sense. I was not broken or weird or someone who does not finish what she starts. I was someone who dedicated her time to an activity or project only until I got what I needed out of it.
So to all of you renaissance souls out there, to you who have half finished projects in your garages; to you who have been called flighty or undecided; to you who love photography, reading, painting, crafting, pottery and everything else in between; to you who love the process of learning for no reason other than… well, learning: there is nothing wrong with you. And although the world has very little room for us, well, you have plenty of room for yourself!