It’s not a weakness to have many passions. I used to think of it as a problem or a personal struggle, but now it’s part of my identity… Let’s discuss.
Our society has been encouraging people to pick one thing to do and get really, really good at it for a long time. So it makes sense that your success at your day job is often how people define you. Washington is a hub for this sort of judgment, which I think is the fundamental reason for the “what do you do?” question that’s so pervasive in DC culture. This is usually the first thing I’m asked at any given event or dinner party I attend. I’ve struggled with this question for a long time. I used to have anxiety answering, due to my many interests, passions, and the fact that I left my desk job. Now I just don’t answer the question. I don’t give that person the power to put me in a box. Instead I say, I “do a lot of things” and maybe touch on something I’ve been occupied with lately. I may talk about how I recently styled a friend for a photo shoot, how confident she was, and how it propelled her business. Or I may discuss a recent grant that was awarded to a rape crisis center in Haifa and how proud I am of the work they are doing. Although these two subjects seem disparate, they both inspire me.
Of course I am always thinking of Secretly Fancy and how I’m using this platform I created. I think this part of who I am will also be the beauty of Secretly Fancy’s evolution. I’m compelled to share so many of my passions, but I’m also concerned that they don’t necessarily align in a way that will resonate with everyone. I’m going to experiment going forward in hopes of creating something authentic. I will challenge myself not to limit myself with the content I produce, and to embrace all of my passions. I hope the result is something organically me that will ultimately inspire you.
A friend I met in Israel on my recent trip posted a TED talk that spoke to me in such a profound way. It talked about the idea of a “Multipotenialite”. I connected with every word. It inspired me. It made me love myself and reconsider the constant judgments in my own head. Take a listen and feel free to comment if you have thoughts. I always love hearing from you.
The images I chose for my post represent just a few of my passions, all of which I hope to share here on Secretly Fancy.