I like the little inspirational quotes on the Starbucks cups lately.
Know what sparks the light in you. Then use that light to illuminate the world. – Oprah Winfrey
This one especially speaks to me right now – in Oprah’s voice – because, I’ve been feeling all over the place. Just completely without focus, no matter how many “To Do” lists I write, or plans I make, or goals I accomplish.
When I think about the question, “What sparks the light in you?“, my answer is so frustratingly broad. Frustrating because, “specific” feels required.
Being creative sparks the light in me and yet, there are many, many different ways to be creative!
I like blogging. I like food & cooking. I like taking pictures. I like writing. I like putting stuff together, presentation. Design.
I love learning.
Knowledge sometimes feels like an addictive need, especially when an idea arrests the mind. Doesn’t it?
When it’s not enough to know something, but you also have to know every minute detail about it. Whatever it is. You research and read a lot; books and Google search results. You visit certain places to learn more, or experience it live in person. Talk to people who are familiar or well-versed about it, join online communities, etc.
There’s always a thirst for more.
Has Professional Student become an occupation yet? I mean, come on…it’s 2014! Wouldn’t that be awesome work, getting paid to learn? But then, that wouldn’t exactly be “illuminating the world” so much as your own mind. Still, I’d take that position in a heartbeat and possibly pay it forward by counseling others over Christmas and Spring break.
All this to say, sometimes I feel the need for a single focus. To have a specific thing to direct and focus my attention towards and master it like…a Master. I think that would be great!
And yet, the idea of having a single focus seems like setting all other interests on the back burner.
“Would you rather do multiple things fairly well or one thing superbly?” actually feels like the more pressing question.
It’s exhausting pondering the future.
I never used to worry about any of this.
Now, it feels like I’m constantly being bombarded with yet another question: “What are you gonna do with your life?”
My current – an indignant – answer: “I don’t know, now quit asking and leave me alone so I can continue life as I did before; wandering and completely content!”
Would you rather do multiple things fairly well or one thing superbly? What sparks the light in you?