We started an email conversation about a year ago when I started my blog.
Anyway, we were discussing a few things that were happening in our lives and ruminating on … stuff.
We all get in spaces sometimes where regardless of our skills, positive thinking and amount of chocolate in the house … our brains just whirrrr around like gerbils in a wheel … a vague sense of self restlessness.
I sorted my gerbils out last week by declaring it Lolling & Lethargy week and went to bed and read books and looked at about 200 websites my brother Marc sent me. No … I wasn’t sick. I was loving it (I feel that guilt is such a redundant emotion … either don’t do it … or don’t do it again) and the gerbils relaxed and I had lots of serendipity thoughts and lovely wandery days.
The point of this ramble is that I sent these thoughts to my friend in New York about 5 minutes ago – and I thought I’d post them here … because I can!
and I look at other careers and friends doing all sorts of fab things in their work – and think ”oohh cool’ – and realise I can’t be arsed taking the time to learn the skill -or -it’s just lust not love.
so I take a look at what I already do and have done – and that’s cool and successful – because I’ve done it with values, humour and a real enjoyment in other people. I’ve also done some damn fine work because I trusted myself and did a few things my way. I took the risk of not knowing it all and not pretending to – knowing that it worked for some people and not others – too bad. There have always been enough people who ‘get me’ – so my work and life – work.
see – I think anyone who deep dives IT is uber cool. IT skills are the new black definitely. I’d give my eye teeth (if I knew what they were) to be able to programme and talk systems talk. I know enough to know how bloody much I don’t know – and I’m constantly on the hunt for cool IT geeks who ‘get’ my ideas. I don’t have the patience to deep dive IT programming learning. But i do know how essential it is for our future – and I see myself as one of the people who can act as a bridge between the IT geeks and the Technophobes who are my wonderful clients.
we all have niches in the world. I don’t want to be an internationally famous anyone … or start some multinational life saving organisation … or get married and have kids… or … whatever. My niche is to be Liz – whoever and however I define her.
and the other thing … holding our passion, patience and persistence in our worklife/career is important … and … we can explore our renaissance potential when we’re not working. everything doesn’t have to last … we’re allowed to try something and drop it … we don’t have to finish what we start … we can indulge ourselves … we can go to a green and quiet place for a week, month or as long as we want.