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What Lives Would YOU Like To Live? January 24, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, People.
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Donald-Duck-DivingSome people maintain a single-minded focus from birth to death.  They plunge into a field of endeavor, become specialists, and never look back ~ not concerned about what they might be missing.

Others take a different approach.

We can choose to live multiple lives . . . even if we are not schizophrenics with multiple personalities.

Mickey-SurferSometimes we live multiple lives in sequential order ~ moving from one career to the next on a continual path.

Other times, we engage in simultaneous lives ~ splitting our time between various pursuits.

Let’s say you have 13 lives competing for attention and you’d like to live them all . . . in this lifetime:

Musician ~ Writer ~ Cook ~ Singer ~ Traveler ~ Boater/Sailer ~ Disc Jockey ~ Artist ~ Entrepreneur ~ Host ~ Fitness Guru ~ Lecturer ~ Lawyer

*  Which of these lives can you devote yourself to this year?  Next year?

*  Which can you enjoy for 60 minutes or less a day?

*  Which can you do on weekends or while on vacation?

*  Which lives can be combined with others to create a custom career?

Opening a coffee house might satisfy the desire to be an entrepreneur AND the desire to host social gatherings.

Mickey-Ta-DaaaJack might utilize his talents as musician, singer, or disc jockey to provide entertainment in the evening.

Jill might engage her inner artist to decorate the walls or use a back room to lead Zumba, Yoga, Tai Chi, or Meditation Classes.

Renee might offer lectures on stress reduction or provide vegetarian cooking demonstrations on weekend afternoons.

Colin might choose a boating, sailing, or cruising vacation . . . or even lead group excursions through the Scottish Highlands or Greek Isles once or twice a year.

Instead of choosing to become master of ONE thing, Jack might survive and thrive by being a Jack of all trades.

With Jill, Renee, and Colin tumbling happily ever after.

Aah . . . that’s better!  

Does the idea of living multiple lives hold any appeal?  What lives would you like to live?

Related reading:  I Could Do Anything . . . If Only I Knew What It Was

Illustration: Wikipedia ~ Jack & Jill (in Public Domain)

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1. Rainee - January 24, 2014

Well said 🙂

nrhatch - January 24, 2014

I’m noticing you branching out with your areas of creativity ~ to cooking with curries and gardening and poetry.

It’s great FUN to have lots of interests.

Rainee - January 24, 2014

I am feeling much better in myself too! Thanks for your visits and comments 🙂

nrhatch - January 24, 2014

Yay! Here’s to exploring all our avenues of interest.

2. suzicate - January 24, 2014

Ah yes, the realization we have many purposes is so freeing!

nrhatch - January 24, 2014

Think of all the lives you’ve enjoyed ~ quilter, biker, canoer, writer, photographer, hiker, and baker of cookies before expected power outages! :mrgreen:

3. Grannymar - January 24, 2014

I have been missing in action for a few days, doing all of the above! Well, I live alone and have nobody to pawn them off to! 😦

nrhatch - January 24, 2014

Hope you’ve been finding time for your FUN pursuits, GM . . . like KNITTING!

Grannymar - January 24, 2014

No knitting this week, but I am planning a few days away with family, then the needles will come into their own, as I relive the memories and the laughter!

nrhatch - January 24, 2014

Wonderful! Glad that you’ll enjoy a family gathering, overflowing with memories and laughter.

4. Andra Watkins - January 24, 2014

Life would be boring if it were only about one thing.

nrhatch - January 24, 2014

So much fun to explore the nooks and crannies.

5. Don - January 24, 2014

You got me thinking Nancy. Like the way your post on being a scanner ties in with this. Challenging.

nrhatch - January 24, 2014

Thanks, Don. At first, it was one long post. I decided to split it in two . . . since some scanners have short attention spans. 😛

6. katecrimmins - January 24, 2014

Hmmmm…what works best for me is if I don’t think about it. Just go where I’m intrigued. I’ve done a lot of things. Most were fun. Left the ones that weren’t pretty fast. Eventually I always ended up where the pay was enough to cover the cat food. That was the only requirement.

nrhatch - January 24, 2014

Yes! We must have enough to make ends meet AND cover the cat food. 😀

7. viviankirkfield - January 24, 2014

Thanks, Nancy…it’s nice to know that my multiple personalities are acceptable.:) 🙂
Seriously though, I get excited about so many paths…reading, writing, cooking, traveling, interacting with others, working with kids, watching classic movies, hiking, fly-fishing, blogging…the only problem is finding a way to make it all happen with only 24 hours in a day.:)

nrhatch - January 24, 2014

Exactly! How did we ever find the time to do all the FUN things we’ve done? We are Busy Bees!

bluebee - January 25, 2014

Are you’re sure you’re not me? 😉

nrhatch - January 25, 2014

Blue Bee the Busy Bee! 😀

8. ericjbaker - January 24, 2014

This is one of the reasons I never went to grad school. There is no one subject I want to take over my life. I’m interested in too many things.

nrhatch - January 24, 2014

When I went to Law School, I didn’t mind focusing on LAW all the time . . . but I’m glad I stopped practicing early enough to have time for other pursuits, careers, and challenges.

9. Patricia - January 24, 2014

I have led a lot of different lives but I seem to have grown into the one I have now. It is quite comfortable so I think I will stay with it. Unless something else comes along that calls my name then I might just take off from here to go there.:)

nrhatch - January 24, 2014

There ya go, then! It’s nice to land right where we want to be.

10. Tammy - January 24, 2014

still, love hanging in the sweet spot!

nrhatch - January 24, 2014

Yes! It’s great to be WHO and WHERE we want to be!

11. kateshrewsday - January 25, 2014

Wonderful post. Mainly because this is what I do: I am a flautist and singer, writer, mother, voiceover artist, events co-ordinator, and eco-warrior ;-D Problem is – there is not time to become absolutely excellent in any of them.Sometimes focus has its uses.

nrhatch - January 25, 2014

That’s a great list, Kate. I didn’t know you were a voiceover artist but (having heard your voice) it makes sense. You have a SMOOTH voice.

Single-minded focus is great for those with the right mind-set for single-minded focus. For others, variety and diversity are the thang!

12. Three Well Beings - January 25, 2014

I have had many different pursuits over my lifetime, and sometimes I look back and wonder if I couldn’t have picked one and been more accomplished. But I’m happy in what I do, when I do it, and that’s all that matters, I suppose. I am happy enough these days just being identified as a grandmother. 🙂

nrhatch - January 25, 2014

I’m sure that most of us could “pick one” and become more accomplished at IT . . . but would that IT have made us happier?

To me, that would be like eating the same meal (off a bounteous buffet) day after day after day after day. I’d rather sample more of what life has to offer . . . with less proficiency. :mrgreen:

And your grandkids are counting their lucky stars!

13. Pix Under the Oaks - January 25, 2014

I think I am pretty happy about who I am but there is always room for improvement.. 🙂 Like Kate up there I just go where I am intrigued. Do you knit Nancy?

nrhatch - January 25, 2014

I’ve noticed that life follows a flow of expanding and contracting ~ new interests added, others fade away.

Lately, I’ve been making more time for cooking “from scratch” rather than relying on prepared or processed foods. It’s been FUN (and delicious). This morning, I started a loaf of Crusty Cuban Bread to go with Tattie Soup for lunch. YUM!

I haven’t knitted for ages. In the early 90’s, I got on a knitting kick and did a few vests, sweaters, scarves ~ then I lost interest. Now that we live in FL I am not apt to ever pick up knitting needles again. It’s a great indoors activity for COLD days.

14. diannegray - January 25, 2014

I remember reading somewhere that if we were paid professional rates for every job we did while bringing up our children we’d me millionaires (well – maybe I didn’t read it somewhere, I’m just making it up as I go along, but it sounds good) 😀

nrhatch - January 25, 2014

That’s probably true ~ especially given the LONG hours involved when kids are sick or home from school or on holiday.

15. jannatwrites - January 27, 2014

I like variety in my workday because it makes time go by faster. I like variety in the rest of my life because it makes time more enjoyable. I seem to go through phases on many interests, so I just go with it. Forcing the interest makes it not fun anymore 🙂

nrhatch - January 27, 2014

I feel the same ~ it’s hard to “go with the flow” when we are stuck “polishing widgets” all day every day. It’s wonderful to have enough autonomy to be able to tackle tasks in the order that works best for us.


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