I am a Jack of all trades.
By this I mean, I can do a little of a lot but not a whole lot of any one thing – per say. I am a dabbler in things, a “practicer” of life and a seeker of knowledge (read trivia) in little things that make people happy.
And I love it. I am a master of none.
For example, I write (duh!).
I have a blog on which I write. I write stories, I write essays, I write proposals, I write papers… I am a writer. An author in my own right. Not a lot has actually been published but I’d like to think this particular thirteen year old skill will grow into something tangible one day… Well, I have published one thing. A Kindle book on Amazon. It’s really short but for a first effort, I think, worth it.
You can see it Here if you like.
I am also a singer.
I sing in the shower, I sing for fun and I sing in church. I sing what I want when I want and I have been told I’m really good at it. I don’t think I’m good enough to make a career out of it, let’s face it, I’m no Whitney Houston or Mariah Carrey, but I suppose if I ever need work, I could look into singing to keep food on the table… or get YouTube famous or something…
I also code! Yes, I code!
I mean, I won’t claim I can now dominate a section of the internet with my god-like coding abilities, but I can string words and symbols together to make something epic work out! I can actually code! The most epic part about it is that coding seems like a complicated hodgepodge of random nonsense (which it sometimes can seem to be) but when you actually understand it…. I can’t tell you the rush it gives me. The only downside it, if you change one full stop into a comma, you’ve ruined the whole code and if you can’t find said comma, you’re kind of screwed.
It messes with my head sometimes but it feels epic when it all pays off in the end. I’m actually in the process of writing code for two story games; one for Choice of Games and the other for Episode. This second one has especially kept me occupied for the last week. I like it because it’s more interactive than the CoG story, but the previous is certainly more challenging and I’m finding that I actually embrace the challenge!
And I’m sure there’s a bunch of other things I just sort-of do because, that’s just who I am. I am interested in a lot of things and that’s okay. I can do some of all these things and I get better every time I try. Because I like doing them, I keep going back to them in my spare time, when I’m bored or when I’m looking for something to do. I am building my skill set slowly but surely and adding to my arsenal as I go along.
You know that saying “A Jack of all trades is a master of none”? I bet you didn’t know it has an additional sentence that makes all of my dabbling not so bad:
“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.”
Because in the end, being good at just one thing and being awful at everything else limits you. Take a house, for example. If you’re only good at building doors or windows or roofs, can you really build a house? As opposed to someone who has basic knowledge of how to construct a house – can put up a wall, has an idea how a door is made, has helped make a window and has learned how to make a roof… who is really more qualified?
Well, neither depending on your perspective, but the point is that, if you are a Jack of all trades, you are a master of none.
And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
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