As a Millennial, I pretty much had more access to different learning opportunities as compared to my parents.
Growing up, I had art lessons, advanced math and English classes, writing lessons, drama lessons, singing classes and more.
Everything was accessible. Everything was interesting. Everything became a part of me.
When it came to choosing a degree or a career, I wanted a lot. I was good at many things and I was interested about so many things.
I like business.
I love money.
I enjoy communications.
I adore the theater.
I feel smart talking risk management.
I delighted in PR and media.
I kept thinking –
“I am good at many things. Why pick one?”
Unfortunately, the older generation didn’t see being a generalist as something acceptable.
I often got reprimanded for trying to be a Jill-of-all-Trade.
“Maria, you can’t be an expert in everything! You’ll be an expert in nothing”
I took this statement to heart and for the longest time I felt I had to dim pieces of myself.
I shrunk my light to fit into a box. And I suffocated.
I didn’t feel free. I felt so contained. I felt devoid of the different pieces of my soul.
I literally believed that I had to choose one to Succeed.
I believed that success and happiness couldn’t happen together.
So I dimmed my light.
In my mid-twenties, I was depressed. I felt such a misfit. I had quite a successful “day job” but it wasn’t enough.
I felt empty.
I felt so jaded – a fish without the water.
I hired a life coach then. I started getting clear on my life and which things were important for me.
That’s when I realized that the highest form of satisfaction is being able to be all of me.
And here is what I did. (Try it out for yourself too)
1. Identify the key areas of my life. I listed the eight areas that matter to me a lot. This is what I came up – Interests, Career, Community, Money, Love, Friends, Health, Creativity.
2. I made sure that I took action in all of it. I did charity work, creative work, “cash-cow” work (or work that paid the most).
3. I created long-term and short-term goals for each of the areas.
Since then, I’ve become so happy and so content with everything in my life. I have dreams and look forward to what’s possible in my future. But I am also very happy in the here and the now.
Let me know in the comments the 8 areas in your life that matter to you!
Blessing of miracles,