Quite regularly we chat about what they want to be when they grow up. What they don't know is how often that same question, "What do I want to be?" rolls around in my own brain. So many interests to pursue and so little time. So many good things out there and yet again, not enough time.
What if I were to change my perspective, though? I have the same amount of time as any other person, right? A better perspective would be one of, "I have enough time to do everything that I need to do." As do most complex thoughts, it looks much more crisp when captured by pixels instead of lived out by flesh.
Many a time I find myself looking at an opportunity and thinking, "Wow, that looks like fun." Just this week I paused, my fingers poised over a touch-screen keyboard preparing to tap-tap-tap my way into another group. This group is fabulous and it was exploring an area that I have been quite hesitant to delve into because I.have.no.clue.what.I.am.doing. I hemmed and hawed and by golly I closed the tab before I could fill out the form.
I suffer from the want-to-do-everything-itis and the only people who suffer from this are me and those I love. You know how when you go to an interview and your would-be boss asks you, "What's your weakness," and you fumble about trying to come up with a legitimate sounding answer? My answer is that I consistently spread myself too thinly. I allow myself to be pulled in so many directions that I burn out and a burnt out Kristina means a crabby Kristina which you can read as No Fun For AnyOne Kristina.
That's where this fab little quote comes in. I am more than capable of doing anything I want and chances are, you are too. I am not, however capable of doing everything. I can't be all things to all people even most of the time, nevertheless all the time.
No, I must pick and choose.
One of my favorite authors once said that for every "Yes!" she gave it meant she had to say "No" to at least five other things. It taught her to be quite careful that her one adamant "Yes" was worth enough to say "No" to five other things.
So here I am, making sure all my heck yes' are worth five times of "no way".
And here's to doing anything, but not everything.