When I was a kid, I wanted to own a dry cleaner. My mom and I would watch The Jeffersons together, and I had dreams of being like George Jefferson. I would daydream about owning a chain of stores and of ‘movin’ on up’.
When I got a bit older I thought it would be cool to own a bar, like Sam Malone on Cheers. I wanted to be the popular guy that had all his friends hanging out at the bar.
It went on that way. I wanted to be a DJ. I wanted to run a desktop publishing business. I wanted to do everything but ended up doing nothing. I was an unfocused scatterbrain.
Those were the days when you couldn’t do everything that you wanted as easily as we can today. I’m still a scatterbrain, but now it can be to my advantage.
We live in a fascinating world today. One day we can publish a book. Tomorrow we can host a podcast. The day after we can design and sell t-shirts. All from home. Without spending a lot of money.
I have finally realized that it’s OK for me to want to do the things that I want to do and not pigeonhole myself into one job title. I can’t be unfocused, but I can be a nomad.
If I plan it right and focus on each spoke of the wheel as I should, I can be all the things that I want to be right now. I can be a writer, a podcaster, a web designer. I can be anything.
You might be like me. If so, tell yourself that it is OK to want to be a creator of many things. It’s fine to be a dreamer and experiment. You don’t have to be ONE thing in life. You can be MANY things.
The opportunities that we have are only just beginning. Who thought 15 years ago that it would be so easy to publish a book? Before YouTube we didn’t have the resources to become a video sensation. One can only imagine what we will be able to do in another 15 years.
I am embracing the wanderlust in me. I am letting the thoughts of all the things that I can be and do swirl around in my brain. You should too.