Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Quick Digression

I just read the story about fashion bloggers in the March issue of Vogue, and it brought up something that I sometimes find myself considering (or worrying) about - diversification vs. specialization.  I can't help but feel a stress between my desire to engage with, discuss, learn about, and try different things (albeit mostly in the same vein - creation/creativity) and the results that attention to just one thing can bring about.  Jill of all trades, mistress of none?  Is that an outdated notion?  Am I falling prey to conventional ideas or is it time to stop "taking electives" (as my partner might say)?

(Liss insists that I let you know that another Olympic update will follow in a few days - totaling killing the mood I just set.  Oh well.)


  1. Great post and full of Proper Tension! From my Gemini world-view, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being a Jill-of-all-trades, master-of-none. In fact, it may be ONLY electives from here on out. I reserve the right change my mind on a whim, pick up and abandon interests as it suits me, and perfect dilettantism (how's that for an oxymoron?). If I accept and embrace this about myself as something of a spiritual practice, I'm less inclined to 1)get down on myself for what hasn't gotten done, 2)enjoy the things that are still ahead of me to be done more, 3)Make choice that lead to feelings of happiness and well-being. I bow to the shoulda-woulda-coulda Buddha.

  2. Totally agree! It's bad enough to have to follow dress codes, meet deadlines etc... but there is no way I will let society tell me how I should use my skills or not!!!
    It is better to be a master-of-none than a I-have-an-opinion-on-everything-but-I-dont-do-anything...
    What's the update?!!!!