Like a character that’s overbalanced in an RPG, I’ve found myself frustrated at times that I cannot find the devotion to hone myself in a single craft. I have too much of an interest in too many things, from writing to art to photography to sports to beer to cooking and travelling. I pride myself on this, and it makes sure that I’ll be more than well equipped to have a conversation with just about anybody, but the pitfall here is that I’ll never be a master of any particular craft.
This wouldn’t be a problem except that career paths require you to be master of your craft. The whole point of a career “path” is that you choose the one route to focus your skills on, much like a skill tree in Diablo 2. I just like to dabble in too many things, stretching myself thin until I’ve wasted so much time trying things out that will never pan out. And yet, if I don’t try them out, how will I find out what my craft is in life?
Sometimes I believe that world where your emloyment is pre-ordained would be best. There was a sci-fi book that had that as a story element, I forget which. You go into a room and they measure your brain waves and hey presto, you’re a plumber for life. Sure it takes a lot of fun out of life, but I’ll be darned if it doesn’t make things simpler.