Today’s query: Would you rather be really superstar at one thing or kinda OK at many things?
I ask because we’ve been watching elite athletes who, I can only imagine, sacrifice everything else in life to train to be the best in the world at their sport. Is it worth it?
My answer comes easily: Absolutely not! I’m definitely the OK-at-many-things type. I’m having trouble committing to anything right now. Why go to grad school when I can dabble in continuing education classes that interest me with no commitment? Why sign a lease when I can live here month-to-month then move out? Why date one boy when there are so many out there? (I’m probably going to regret those words.)
So I certainly couldn’t commit myself to training for one thing and making that my entire life. What if I worked hard and sacrificed everything else, then didn’t make the team? That would be horrible! No, I like to diversify.
I’ve been having fun trying different things. I wasn’t so good at surfing. I was a little better at soccer. I’m better yet at running, but I’m cool with running a 5K. I don’t need to sacrifice my evenings to train for a marathon or anything. Some days I want to see a show or stay in and write or meet friends for drinks. No way I’m going to commit all my time to any one thing.
I often think about that at work, too. Sometimes, I think I would like to be a health & fitness writer/editor, but I’d really, really miss the hard news I get to work with now in addition to lifestyle, gossip, sports, etc., so I haven’t made that move.