In the beginning of the week, the work of Charles and Ray Eames was the feature of this month's Monday Muse. In the post, I mentioned that many in the industry tried to label Charles' creative endeavors - Was he an architect? Was he a designer? Was he a film maker? Was he a toy maker? Charles didn't see himself as a specialist and instead preferred to think of himself as a generalist - constantly nurturing his many passions and curious about the world around him. I realized that I left the post suspended on that note knowing that I wanted to further discuss the topic with all of you here today.
Almost at the same time that I was working on the Eames post, I came across a tweet last week from Joy of Frock Files* that led me to this specific post on the website, Puttylike. In the post, the author asks, "What if, instead of looking outside ourselves at preexisting roles, we came at our careers from a place of introspection and conscious design. What if we ask ourselves, what kind of life do I want to create, and how can I make that happen?" That is to say, rather than trying to fit ourselves into career A, B, or C, we instead designed our own path that supported our passions and played to our strengths.
I know advertisers love nothing more than to fit each of us into a nice box. It certainly makes their job easier. However, I suspect each of us is more complex than a simple demographic, and we have multiple passions and interests. I imagine the key to living a richer, fuller life is having the ability to pursue all of our passions and designing a career/life that supports those things (if we're fortunate enough), much like Charles and Ray Eames. (Emilie, the author of Puttylike, calls these types of people Multipotentialites.) The way I see it, the idea of pursuing multiple passions is why blogging has taken off and exploded. Blogging finally gives people the platform they need to pursue and showcase their many talents, interests, and passions.
What do you guys think about designing the life you want - Is it pie-in-the-sky thinking, only possible for some, or necessary in order to live a more fulfilling life? What are your many passions?
Just some things to think about as we begin another weekend. Make it great everyone!
*Joy, I meant to tell you that I found that tweet and corresponding website fascinating. Thank you for sharing!